2nd Edition Changes

Working closely with the authors, we have created a free supplement to Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique, First Edition. This guide outlines key changes that will appear in the second edition that align with the new revised USP <797> (USPNF 2023, Issue 1) and USP <800> (USP43-NF38) standards.

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About the Courseware

Author: Lisa McCartney

This courseware provides instruction and training for the compounding of sterile parenteral preparations, a specialized, advanced practice of pharmacy technicians in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home health care. This practice requires mastery of aseptic technique, or the procedures that avoid the introduction of pathogens into the sterile compounding environment and the preparations themselves.

This courseware introduces students to the history, concepts, USP <797> standards, and procedures of sterile compounding and aseptic technique. It then leads students through a step-by-step exploratory or procedural lab that provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding of these major concepts.

Table of Contents

UNIT 1: Exploring the Basics of Sterile Compounding
Chapter 1 Sterile Compounding as a Pharmacy Technician
Chapter 2 The Sterile Compounding Environment
Chapter 3 Sterile Compounding Supplies
Chapter 4 Medication Orders and Labeling
Chapter 5 Calculations for Sterile Compounding

UNIT 2: Compounding Sterile Preparations
Chapter 6 Aseptic Garbing, Hand Washing, and Gloving
Chapter 7 Cleaning the Horizontal Laminar Airflow Hood
Chapter 8 Large-Volume Parenteral Preparations
Chapter 9 Small-Volume Parenteral Preparations
Chapter 10 Ampule-Based Preparations
Chapter 11 Narcotic Preparations
Chapter 12 Pediatric Preparations
Chapter 13 Total Parenteral Nutrition
Chapter 14 Chemotherapy Products and Procedures

Appendix A Student Answer Key for Concepts Self-Check 497
Appendix B Useful Reference Tables 503
Appendix C Resources for Chemotherapy Compounding 531
Appendix D Process Validation Checklists 537

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Key Features and Benefits

Key Features

  • Aligns with USP <797> standards
  • Instructs and trains students in sterile compounding and aseptic technique and its real-world applications in a sterile compounding facility
  • Offers brief videos that demonstrate the nine procedural labs
  • Provides Process Validation Checklists for the nine procedural labs, ensuring students’ competency in performing sterile compounding and aseptic technique practices
  • Offers supplemental reference materials in the appendices
  • Integrates with LTI-supported learning management systems, including Canvas, Blackboard, D2L, and Moodle
  • Offers a historical background that provides context for learning chapter content
  • Provides thorough and consistent coverage of concepts, training, and assessment of sterile compounding and aseptic technique practices
  • Challenges students to verify their understanding of key concepts with a Concepts Self-Check before beginning the procedural lab
  • Includes tips, safety alerts, and USP <797> standards applicable to the chapter’s topic
  • Features detailed, accurate photos of sterile compounding facilities, supplies, techniques, and procedures
  • Provides independent, small-group, and large-group activities, as well as internet-based exercises, to challenge students’ understanding of concepts and techniques
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Cirrus™ 2.0 for Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique

Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique, powered by the Cirrus platform, integrates seamlessly with Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, and Moodle.

To strengthen student understanding, Cirrus provides interactive, independent learning experiences, including:

  • self-assessment opportunities
  • critical-thinking, application, and research activities
  • quizzes and exams
  • procedural lab videos

Course content is delivered in a series of scheduled assignments that report to a grade book, thus tracking student progress and achievement.

Instructor Resources in Cirrus

Instructor Resources in Cirrus

Utilize our free instructor resources that include:

  • course-planning guidelines
  • syllabus models
  • teaching hints and activities
  • quizzes and exams
  • answer keys
  • instructor rubrics
  • handouts
  • and more!

USP General Chapter <797> Appeal Approved

On March 12, 2020, the USP Appeals Panel granted the appeal to the proposed 2019 revision of USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding—Sterile Preparations. In light of that, USP <797> (revised in 2008) remains the official standard for the compounding of sterile preparations. Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique: Concepts, Training, and Assessment for Pharmacy Technicians aligns with the current, accepted USP <797> standard and, therefore, provides the necessary material to educate and train students in this specialized area of pharmacy practice.