Back to Competence Assessment for Compounding Hazardous Drugs: An ASHP eReport
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.