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Development of a Standardized Intranet Database of Formulation Records for Nonsterile Compounding, Part 2

Author(s):  Haile Michael, Anderson Kim, Evans Alex, Crawford Angela

Issue:  Mar/Apr 2012 - Volume 16, Number 2
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Abstract:  In part 1 of this series,we outlined the rationale behind thedevelopment of a centralized electronicdatabase used to maintain nonsterile compounding formulation records in the Mission Health System, which is a union of several independent hospitals and satellite and regional pharmacies that form the cornerstone of advanced medical care in several areas of western North Carolina. Hospital providers in many healthcare systems require compounded formulations to meet the needs of their patients (in particular, pediatric patients). Before a centralized electronic compounding database was implemented in the Mission Health System, each satellite or regional pharmacy affiliated with that system had a specific set of formulation records, but no standardized format for those records existed. In this article, we describe the quality control, database platform selection, description, implementation, and execution of our intranet database system, which is designed to maintain, manage, and disseminate nonsterile compounding formulation records in the hospitals and affiliated pharmacies of the Mission Health System. The objectives of that project were to standardize nonsterile compounding formulation records, create a centralized computerized database that would increase healthcare staff members’ access to formulation records, establish beyond-use dates based on published stability studies, improve quality control, reduce the potential for medication errors related to compounding medications, and (ultimately) improve patient safety.

Related Keywords: Michael Haile, PharmD, Kim Anderson, PharmD, Alex Evans, PharmD, Angela Crawford, formulation records, quality standards, nonsterile compounding, hospital system, database, intranet

Related Categories: SUPPORT, TECHNOLOGY, QUALITY CONTROL, HOSPITAL PHARMACY, INFORMATION RESOURCES

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