Assessment Tool for Aseptic Compounding

By: Julie Sobowale

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CSHP has a new tool to help pharmacies assess their aseptic compounding practices!

The Assessment Tool for Aseptic Compounding (ATAC) was developed by the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP), in collaboration with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Canada. The items in the tool draw on the best and leading practices articulated in CSHP's publication, Compounding: Guidelines for Pharmacies.

ATAC uses ISMP Canada's platform for Medication Safety Self-Assessments. It consists of over 250 representative assessment items deemed to most significantly influence aseptic compounding practices. Some of the assessment items refer to "Similar to NAPRA": this note refers to the Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-Hazardous Sterile Preparations developed by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities.

Once an assessment is done, an organization can view a summary of the results provided in report card format, export and graph results, compare results against the aggregated database or a group of peers (based on demographic information) as a subset of the aggregate database. (To ensure confidentiality, there must be at least 3 respondents in the aggregate or group of peers to generate graphs.) The results of multiple assessments completed by a site can also be compared to see where improvements have been achieved over time and where challenges remain.

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