Improving the aseptic transfer procedures in hospital pharmacies part C: Evaluation and redesign of the transfer process

Frits A. Boom*, Paul P.H. Le Brun, Stefan Boehringer, Jos G.W. Kosterink, Daan J. Touw

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Abstract

Objectives: To transfer sterile medical devices (SMD), infusion bags (IB), ampoules (A), injection vials (V) and infusion bottles (B) into a laminar airflow cabinet (LAF) or safety cabinet (SC) with a surface bioburden as low as possible. Methods: Surface bioburden of the outer layer of SMD, IB, A, V and B was determined by contact plates. Surface bioburden determination of critical spots on A, V and B (ampoule necks and stoppers) was determined by high-recovery swabs and contact plates. Particle emission from white cardboard boxes was determined by a particle counter. Results: The chances of a contaminated outer layer of SMD is negligible as long as they stay in their original boxes. The outer layer of double-packed IB can contain a considerable number of micro-organisms. As found in previous studies, the surface bioburden of A, V and B is low as long as they stay in their original cardboard boxes. Particle emission from white boxes is low. The necessity of a final disinfection step inside LAF/SC of critical sspots of A, V and B cannot be proven. SmallSMD, ampoules and injection vials can be transferred into the background areain their original white boxes. Other materials have to be unpacked in front ofthe lock while the operator wear disposable gloves. Disinfection of the outerlayer of IB, before transfer trough the lock, is advised. Tohave materials with a low chance of contamination in LAF/SC, transfer bypresentation for SMD and IB and using a sterile tray for disinfected materialsis an effective procedure. Wiping of ampoule necks and stoppers inside LAF/SC isadvised based on risk assessment. Small SMD, ampoules and injection vials can be transferred into the background areain their original white boxes. Other materials have to be unpacked in front ofthe lock while the operator wear disposable gloves. Disinfection of the outerlayer of IB, before transfer trough the lock, is advised. Conclusion: When SMD, ampoules, injection vials and infusion bottles stay in their original boxes as long as possible, the aseptic transfer and the disinfection procedure can be maintained effectively and efficiently.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Hospital Pharmacy: Science and Practice
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29-Oct-2019

Keywords

  • aseptic handling
  • aseptic transfer process
  • particle emission
  • sterile medical device
  • surface bioburden

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