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Five Key Considerations: Is Your USP <800> Safe Handling Solution Truly Comprehensive?

Posted by Laura Paxton on Jun 19, 2023 10:19:41 AM
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USP <800> is set to be enforceable starting November 1, 2023, prompting hospitals and healthcare facilities to expedite their compliance plans. This entails updates to facilities, policies, and processes, along with effective communication to all healthcare workers exposed to hazardous drugs. However, ensuring that your USP <800> hazardous drugs safety solution is reliable can be a challenge. In this blog, we will discuss five essential attributes to consider when evaluating your USP <800> safe handling solution.

Clearly define the solution's coverage of USP <800> compliance:

Specify the features and aspects of USP <800> compliance that the solution addresses. This will help healthcare facilities determine if the solution aligns with their specific needs and requirements.

Evaluate additional features for healthcare worker protection:

Determine if the solution provides supplementary features beyond basic compliance requirements like Assessments of Risks and hazardous drugs lists. Look for features that prioritize healthcare worker safety and minimize exposure to hazardous drugs, going beyond the minimum standards set by USP <800> including embedded links to safety information like black box warnings, links to NIOSH, OSHA and other resources. 

Assess the solution's effectiveness in protecting healthcare workers:

Ensure that the solution genuinely safeguards healthcare workers from exposure to hazardous drugs, as this is the core objective of USP <800>. Look for evidence, such as user testimonials or case studies, that demonstrate the solution's effectiveness in preventing exposure risks.

Accessibility of policies and procedures:

Evaluate if the solution makes policy and procedure information readily available to healthcare workers when and where they need it. Ensure that the solution offers easy access to relevant documentation to support seamless and efficient workflow processes.

Customization and implementation requirements:

Determine if the solution can be tailored to your facility's unique formulary, safety policies, and communication needs. Also, consider the level of involvement required from your IT team, any new technology necessary, and the estimated implementation timeline to ensure a smooth transition.

As state boards and accreditation inspectors begin assessing healthcare facilities against USP <800> guidelines, it is crucial to thoroughly assess the solutions implemented for compliance and healthcare worker protection. By considering the five key factors mentioned above, hospitals and healthcare facilities can make informed decisions and choose a USP <800> safe handling solution that truly covers their needs.

Don't forget to check out Rpharmy’s free USP <800> Preparedness video series, featuring concise videos of 30 minutes or less, focusing on specific USP <800> compliance areas. Also, check out of USP <800> compliance resource page for links to helpful tools and information.  

Topics: Rhazdrugs, Policy, USP <800>, Formweb

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