Category: Federal Forum Posters
Purpose: The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) General Chapters are a set of standards, which allow practitioners to consistently produce quality compounded preparations. All pharmacy personnel are responsible for compounding and dispensing preparations with the correct ingredients and formulation and appropriately label the completed product for patient use. The primary objective is to provide outpatient pharmacists and technicians education to ensure good hazardous drug handling, storage conditions, and compounding practices as stated in USP <795> and <800>. The secondary objective is to decrease hazardous drug waste, prevent documentation errors, and improve retention of regulatory requirements to enhance safety for patients and staff.
Methods: A quality assurance team was established to provide a mechanism for monitoring, evaluating, and improving activities for non-sterile compounding and providing hazardous drug education to the outpatient pharmacy staff. A retrospective usage report identified dispensing habits for non-sterile compounds prepared by the outpatient pharmacy at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center from June to September 2018. The outpatient pharmacy staff will randomly enroll into one continuing education training session. Each cohort will be educated on USP <795> and <800> standards by a distinct delivery method: on-the-job training, group in-service presentation, or provided a standard operating procedure to review. Each staff member will be responsible for successful completion of all USP <795> and <800> competencies and will need to demonstrate understanding by passing an assessment quiz with a score greater than 80%. Furthermore, at three months and six months, the outpatient pharmacy staff will be provided with the same assessment quiz to demonstrate knowledge retention. This will help us understand which teaching method was most effective.
Results: not applicable
Conclusion: not applicable
Alan Moyer– PGY1 Health-Systems Pharmacy Administration Resident, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Kettering, OH