New Investments Keep Up with Changing Regulations
If you’ve ever been a patient in the hospital, you’ve probably seen an IV bag hanging from a hook next to your bed. Have you ever wondered what mysterious liquids are coursing through your veins, and where they came from?
Most of the prescriptions you take regularly come to you prepackaged and ready to use. But many of the drugs given to patients in the hospital, such as IVs, transfusion fluids and antibiotics, are still mixed (or “compounded”) by pharmacists right on site. Who knew that we had “medical baristas” working behind the scenes!
It’s no surprise that the federal government plays a major role in deciding how, who and where those drugs can be compounded. At the end of 2019, the government issued new regulations regarding this process. Now, if a hospital wants to compound medicines that have a longer shelf life, it must have something called a “clean room.” This is a closed environment with a very low level of pollutants. People who go in this room must wear protective coverings. A clean room also requires extensive air filtration capacity and intense cleaning regimens.
We won’t bore you with all the details, but you should know that NOCHS has invested in such a room. Why? Because pharmaceutical support is essential to inpatient hospital services. We don’t want to increase costs by sourcing these products from somewhere else. We also don’t want to take the chance that vital medications will be out of stock when you need them.
This is just one more example of how NOCHS is strategically investing in ways to ensure not only your safety, but convenience. So, when you choose NOCHS for your next procedure or surgery, the IV solutions you receive are safe and at-the-ready, courtesy of our pharmacists and the clean room!
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