NRMC Pharmacy Undergoes Clean Room Project
The Pharmacy Department at Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) is one that is mostly behind-the-scenes since it does not have a retail component. However, the NRMC Pharmacy Department serves the medication needs for all inpatient and outpatient areas of the hospital, directly affecting the care of many patients. All pharmacies have standards set by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), helping to ensure quality in pharmaceutical development and manufacturing.
Four Chapters of the USP set compounding standards for pharmacy operations. USP is in the process of finalizing these revised standards that cover non-sterile compounding, sterile compounding, handling hazardous drugs, and radiopharmaceuticals. Most of the revisions concern facility design, environmental monitoring, personnel training and personal protective equipment. This ensures the safety of medication dispensed to patients through sterile compounding and the safety of the staff handling hazardous medications that pose a carcinogenic, reproductive, or developmental hazard such as chemotherapy.
Director and Pharmacist, Jodee Mashek, explains that the current segregated space and mobile isolation chamber will no longer meet the specifications of the revised USP chapters. Thus the need to create a clean room suite in the pharmacy facilities at NRMC.
These updates further ensure the safety of both patient and healthcare worker, as well as keep NRMC within compliance of USP guidelines.