In Part One of our IV workflow blog series, we explored the challenges of manual sterile compounding processes in today's pharmacies. Part Two introduces a next generation solution for enhanced accuracy and patient safety.
Sterile and IV compounding practices are a quality improvement priority in today's hospitals and health systems. Clinical leaders need a line of sight into next-generation workflows that mitigate patient safety hazards and eliminate risks associated with manual processes.
That's why we are pleased to announce a comprehensive IV workflow automation in a single platform. The new IVX Workflow solution from Omnicell integrates with Simplifi 797® to equip today's fast-paced pharmacy environments with the functionality needed to enhance safety, accuracy and compliance within sterile compounding environments.
It's been on the wish list of our customers for some time now. As fluid regulatory movements continue to raise the bar on sterile compounding practices, our partners in the field have often pointed to the benefits of having a cohesive solution that optimizes both workflow and compliance with United States Pharmacopeia (USP) best practice guidelines. Now, pharmacies can customize and design risk-based IV workflows for different compounding applications and remain fully compliant with USP <797> and USP <800>—the industry-accepted minimum practice standards increasingly recognized by regulatory bodies, accreditation agencies and payor groups.
Eric Kastango, MBA, RPh, FASHP, president and CEO of Clinical IQ and the leading expert in the compounding field, said it well:
"It is vital that we come together as a community – pharmacists, patient advocates, public health advocates, and clinicians—to continue improving the safety of hospital compounded medicines through technological innovations that improve accuracy and quality management solutions that elevate compliance and staff competencies and expert oversight."
IVX Workflow is the only IV workflow solution that provides integrated barcode scanning, gravimetrics, advanced image recognition, photo documentation and label printing in a single, flexible platform. This framework promotes the highest level of IV compounding accuracy, improving the outlook on industry statistics that point to IV error rates in the range of 1-9 percent. It also minimizes errors associated with manual inspections of IV admixture ingredients and faulty recall of steps taken.
In addition, IVX Workflow provides full access to Pharmacy OneSource Simplifi 797 compliance software—a comprehensive quality management platform that simplifies, streamlines and automates USP 797 and USP 800 compliance processes and cleanroom operations, enabling a measurable reduction in resources. Simplifi 797 features expert content, best practice tools and resources needed to align with complex USP guidelines including:
- Risk management and quality assurance practices developed by Eric Kastango, the leading expert in the field of sterile compounding
- Comprehensive set of policies and procedures from Clinical IQ
- ACPE-approved sterile compounding training with 33 hours of CE credit from CriticalPoint
- Real-time alerts on facility and system-level compliance risks
- Robust reporting and analytics to drive optimization and ensure hassle-free regulatory inspections