Agents for Cleaning and Disinfecting Sterile Compounding Areas

Cleaning. The term sounds simple enough. Yet, when applied to sterile compounding areas, the term becomes complex. It not only covers the mechanical act of cleaning but the selection and application of different, essential agents. Additionally, procedures for the act of cleaning and a schedule determining when and which items and areas are cleaned, are essential to compounding operations. The 2021 version of USP General Chapter <797> improved upon the language surrounding the agents used in sterile compounding areas, but there is still confusion around what the agents do and what defines an appropriate agent. This article explores the agents used to meet the cleaning requirements of USP General Chapter <797> and does not address deactivation and decontamination, as required by USP General Chapter <800>.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Distinguish between cleaning (removing soil load) and disinfecting (killing microorganisms).
  2. Be able to determine which type of agent to use for daily, optional weekly, and monthly cleaning in your own sterile compounding environment.
  3. Understand the advantages and disadvantages of several common agents used in sterile compounding areas.

Abby Roth, BS, CMQ/OE

Sr Director Business Operations

Critical Point LLC

Abby Roth, BS, CMQ/OE is the Senior Director of Business Operations at CriticalPoint LLC, a health care consulting firm. She has more than 15 years of experience in supporting the testing and consulting needs of the pharmaceutical, medical device, and compounding industries. Her background in pharmaceutical microbiology includes extensive knowledge of environmental monitoring, including program development, sampling technique sample analysis, and data trending, as well as product testing. Roth also has experience in consulting on microbiological contamination sources and remediation. She served on the USP Expert Panel on Sterile Compounding and is an active member of the Controlled Environment Testing Association (CETA). Roth earned a bachelor of science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from York College of Pennsylvania.

No Disclosures to Report

Key:

Complete
Failed
Available
Locked
Agents for Cleaning and Disinfecting Sterile Compounding Areas
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource.
Continuing Education Quiz
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  70/100 points to pass
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  70/100 points to pass
Post Education Survey
4 Questions
4 Questions Agents for Cleaning and Disinfecting Sterile Compounding Areas INFUSION Magazine May/Jun 2022, Effective 5/17/2022 - 5/17/2025, 1CE 0761-9999-22-308-H07-P&T & 05-115-22-272-RN/RD
**Required to Claim CE Credit
Up to 1.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.00 medical credits available  |  Certificate available