08-31-2012 12:59 PM
I have a question regarding bringing in IV supplies to a BSC. Should you open the outer wrap outside the BSC or inside the BSC? This goes to IV tubing, Syringes and needles. Is it appropriate to have needles and alcohol swabs inside the hood or should you bring them in as you need them. Thanks
09-03-2012 11:44 AM
Movement in and out of the BSC should be limited and you should have everything you need to compound but not overloading the BSC where any of the airfoil grills are not blocked. Anything that is sterile and in a package needs to be opened within the ISO Class 5 device (BSC).
09-04-2012 11:34 AM
Just to be clear, Any IV bags entering into the sterile compounding room should be brought in with the overwrap still intact and opened only in the BSC ISO 5 environment.
Another question was regarding footwear. Is it appropriate to have covered footwear in the compounding room that are taken off in the room and left to be re-used when the operator returns to the room?
09-05-2012 08:34 PM
You can use dedicated shoes for the cleanroom vs. wearing shoe covers. You can get cleanroom CROCs that can be cleaned in dilute bleach once a week. These shoes need to STAY in the cleanroom.
Can you explain your statement: Just to be clear, Any IV bags entering into the sterile compounding room should be brought in with the overwrap still intact and opened only in the BSC ISO 5 environment? How would handle IV bags that were taken out of their overwrap? Everything needs to be wiped down before it placed into the ISO Class 5 environment. Overwraps don't necessary guarantee that the IV bag is sterile.