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Air pressures, cleaning, and maintenance critical to sterile compounding areas

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, March 1, 2019

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Work with your pharmacy and infection control teams to ensure your facility’s sterile compounding area maintains the proper air pressures in the correct areas, ceilings are air-tight, and issues with cleaning, maintenance, and supply storage are addressed.

Also ensure areas are vented correctly and labeled outside so that anyone working around the vent is aware of the hazard.

Problems found connected to sterile compounding areas can — and have — lead to preliminary denial of accreditation and condition-level deficiencies, warns Jennifer Cowel, president of Patton Healthcare Consulting and a former director of service operations for The Joint Commission (TJC).

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