Competence Assessment for Compounding Hazardous Drugs eReport

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This eReport, Compounding Hazardous Drugs, reflects the newly revised Chapter <800> guidelines on handling hazardous drugs, specifically relating to compounding and can be used for staff competency assessment and training.

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This eReport, Compounding Hazardous Drugs, reflects the newly revised Chapter <800> guidelines on handling hazardous drugs, specifically relating to compounding and can be used for staff competency assessment and training. Compounding hazardous drugs (HDs) requires skill in preparation, as well as protection of the compounding personnel. Injectable oncology agents comprise the majority of HDs compounded, but agents for other routes of administration and other conditions are also prepared. Competence for compounding HDs includes written and verbal instruction and review of practices for both sterile and nonsterile compounding.

In this eReport, readers will learn how to do the following:

  • Recognize hazardous drugs 
  • Discuss the precautions required when working with hazardous drugs
  • Describe the key elements for cleaning and decontaminating areas used for compounding hazardous drugs
  • Discuss the components of a medical surveillance program for those who compound hazardous drugs

Topics covered include:

  • Definition of a hazardous drug
  • Special precautions related to compounding hazardous drugs
  • Facility design
  • Aseptic technique
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Specific work practices
  • Medical surveillance program

A self-assessment quiz is included to verify that learning objectives have been met.

Patricia C. Kienle, RPh, MPA, FASHP

Patricia C. Kienle is Director, Accreditation and Medication Safety, Cardinal Health Innovative Delivery Solutions, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Kienle helps healthcare administrators develop and execute comprehensive medication management programs in acute and non-acute care environments. Backed by more than 35 years of experience, Kienle is one of the nation's foremost experts on medication management and safety, accreditation, and regulatory issues. A graduate of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and Marywood University in Scranton, PA, Kienle completed an executive fellowship in patient safety at Virginia Commonwealth University and serves as Adjunct Associate Professor at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Kienle has also served a wide array of volunteer leadership roles in pharmacy, including serving on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and as President of the Pennsylvania Society of Hospital Pharmacists. She has also earned numerous state and national awards acknowledging her expertise in and dedication to hospital pharmacy, including the 2014 ASHP Award for Distinguished Pharmacy Leadership.