Implementing Gowning Guidelines for Proposed USP Compliance

From an article in Controlled Environment Magazine:

Increasing concerns regarding the protection of healthcare workers, compounding pharmacists, and manufacturers handling hazardous drugs has bought about the proposed USP Chapter <800> – Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings. Due to the harmful consequences of improper handling of these drugs, it is vital that a safe standard be set to ensure safety and efficiency.

“The proposed chapter – USP <800> Hazardous Drugs-Handling in Healthcare Settings – should not be a surprise in its wide ranging suggestions,” says Kenneth Latta, Senior Associate of Gates Healthcare Associates, a healthcare consulting company located in Boston, Mass. “It is based on many publications and studies already in the public forum. The NIOSH Alert 2004-165 ‘Preventing Occupational Exposures to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Health Care Settings,’ the ‘NIOSH List of Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings 2012,’ and the Workplace Solutions document ‘Personal Protective Equipment for Health Care Workers Who Work with Hazardous Drugs,’ among others, have been in the public forum for many years. While USP <800> has many requirements that may require costly and time consuming physical plant changes, one of the most cost effective means of protecting employees is the appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment since touch contamination seems to play such a large role in potential exposure. While the proposed chapter is undergoing revision, utilizing the Workplace Solutions document to prepare for the changes could be considered prudent.”

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