Category: Federal Forum Posters
Purpose: The USP Chapter 800 establishes standards for hazardous drug (HD) handling with the goal of protecting healthcare workers, patients, and the environment. The objective of this quality improvement project is to develop and evaluate a training program for pharmacy personnel to ensure full compliance with USP Chapter 800 prior to the official enforceable date in December 2019.
Methods: A self-led training program will be developed to include a summarized version of USP Chapter 800, a written manual on HD handling, an instructional video, and a practical training session. Areas of focus include an overview of HDs and associated risks, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and proper HD handling techniques. A written assessment will be developed to evaluate staff’s baseline knowledge and effectiveness of the training program. Additionally, a self-evaluation questionnaire will assess staff comfort with HD handling. Prior to training, inpatient pharmacists and technicians will complete the baseline written assessment and self-evaluation questionnaire. Subsequently, the pharmacy staff will have two weeks to review the training program. Following completion of training, a timed written assessment and self-evaluation questionnaire will be re-administered along with a practical assessment using ChemoTest. The training program will be evaluated by comparing the difference in overall written assessment scores, as well as scores in predesignated areas of focus, with the primary endpoint being change in pass percentage pre- and post-training. Furthermore, the difference in self-evaluation questionnaire scores pre- and post-training will assess the program’s impact on personnel comfort in handling HDs. Training program development and administration will take place from September through December 2018.
Results: Not applicable
Conclusion: Not applicable
Dan-Tam Nguyen– Pharmacy Resident, Orlando VA Medical Center, Belle Isle, FL