This activity affords the student pharmacist the opportunity to learn aseptic techniques and processing to properly manage and maintain a sterile compounding environment. The fundamentals of gowning and gloving, avoiding obstruction of critical first air, and the avoidance of touch and cross contamination is what students will learn as they prepare for entry into a controlled environment. This will be followed by moving oneself and technology between ISO class environments. The processes of deactivation, decontamination, cleaning, and disinfection represent a major portion of the day-to-day skills required to manage a cleanroom. Learning these techniques is the starting point; however, it must be followed up by competency testing. Students will have the opportunity to learn protocols for gloved fingertip testing after gowning or final aseptic manipulations of finished preparations. Finally, students will be afforded the opportunity to evaluate performance of personnel and conduct viable, non-viable, and surface sampling procedures used to manage and maintain the compounding environment.
- Perform gowning, forearm and hand sanitization, and gloving in an ISO 8 anteroom.
- Learn fundamental aseptic techniques taking into consideration critical first air, touch contamination, and cross contamination.
- Learn appropriate deactivation, decontamination, cleaning, and disinfection techniques for non-hazardous and hazardous drug compounding.
- Learn procedures for moving oneself and technology between ISO environments.
- Perform a gloved fingertip and thumb test conducted after gowning or final aseptic manipulations of finished preparations.
- Evaluate personnel in the performance of gowning and aseptic techniques.
- Learn how to conduct viable, non-viable, and surface sampling procedures.