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IPs and Pharmacists in USP 797 Webinar

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Thanks for joining our webinar with Keith St. John, "USP 797: The Infection Preventionist and Pharmacist as Partners in Medication Safety."

View the on-demand recording or download the slides.

 

Have a question for Keith? Post it here and he or Eric Kastango will respond with their answer.

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Re: IPs and Pharmacists in USP 797 Webinar

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Here are questions from our live presentation:
 

Q: Do you require sterile IPA in Clean Rooms over non-sterile IPA?

 

Q: Why is isopropyl alcohol recommended as a surface disinfectant for pharmacy surfaces?

 

Q: We are going to be doing some renovation near our clean room. Does 797 have any requirements for construction projects?

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Re: IPs and Pharmacists in USP 797 Webinar

Q: Do you require sterile IPA in Clean Rooms over non-sterile IPA?

 

Sterile IPA is required for critical site disinfection.  That is the point where contamination is most likely to occur, as you are entering the vial through the septum.  Sterile IPA is also required for disinfecting the Direct Compounding Area (BSC, CAI, etc.) where sterile compounding is performed.  The justification for sterile IPA could not have been made more clear than in this recent MMWR on non-sterile IPA wipes contaminated with Bacillus. spp. 

Link: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6011a5.htm

 

Keith St. John

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Q: Why is isopropyl alcohol recommended as a surface disinfectant for pharmacy surfaces?

 

Alcohols leave no residue once dry, which is a distinct advantage in the pharmacy where environmental surfaces may pose a risk of contaminating CSPs. 

However, other disinfectant agents, such as accelerated hydrogen peroxide, are having more wide acceptance as an alternative to isopropyl alcohol for certain environmental surfaces in the pharmacy.

 

Keith St. John

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Q: We are going to be doing some renovation near our clean room. Does 797 have any requirements for construction projects?

 

The Chapter does specify specific engineering controls and design criteria for clean rooms and surrounding areas within the pharmacy, without going into extensive detail.  However, there is no mention of required ICRA barriers and monitoring for ongoing construction issues adjacent to the clean room.  An excellent resource for this information is the APIC Construction & Renovation Guide, which is unfortunately out of stock at the moment.  However, the web link is:    http://www.apic.org/APICStore/Products/Product?id=SLS4003BU  Hopefully, more copies will be available soon, and feel free to check with the APIC Store on its anticipated availability.

 

Keith St. John