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Interactive web based training provides sterile compounding guide

Baxa : 08 May, 2007  (New Product)
Baxa and CriticalPoin have signed a co-marketing agreement to promote Baxa's sterile compounding interactive web based training curriculum.
The comprehensive, ACPE-approved programme consists of 32 modules that meet USP Chapter 797's competency assessment requirements.

Modules are self-paced and part of CriticalPoint's Learning Management System (LMS), offering access from any web connection and providing administrative reporting for tracking employee progress and compliance.

The CriticalPoint curriculum provides step-by-step programmes that build a solid foundation of best practice for pharmacists and technicians involved in sterile compounding activities.

For Baxa, the modules complement the programming offered in its Skills Training, Academics and Resources (STAR) Center on compliance and aseptic certification for USP 797.

Both the classroom and the online training programmes were developed by industry professionals and promote skill development and making best practice better.

According to Peter Cantor, CriticalPoint development lead, 'Our goal was to assemble the experts and outline the kind of comprehensive programme that we felt practitioners need'.

'We developed the content holistically and supported it with robust peer reviews'.
'The real benefit to end users', Cantor continued, 'is our ability to update best practices and regulatory issues in one programme to keep the curriculum current'.

CriticalPoint's training helps facilities meet both national (USP Chapter 797) and state board required training competencies.

In addition, they support classroom based training by providing a means for ongoing certification.

The CriticalPoint modules are harmonised with the current USP Chapter 797 regulation as well as the proposed revisions, which are expected to be finalised in the summer of 2007.

Baxa will market the CriticalPoint modules as a follow-on to its classroom-based training for USP 797 compliance and aseptic compounding.

However, the CriticalPoint modules can be used as stand-alone tools for compounding education and to ensure patient safety.

Its 32 modules cover the following topics: Fundamentals of Aseptic Compounding; Environmental Monitoring and Maintenance; Documentation and Policies and Procedures; Personnel Training; Compounding Practices; Engineering Controls and Equipment Use; and Hazardous Drugs Compounding Practices.

Pharmacist, Pete Campanella, Baxa director of Professional Services, noted, 'Traditionally, Baxa has developed products that promote operational excellence in pharmacy admixture and compounding'.

'The STAR Center and CriticalPoint curricula add training and employee development to that best practice focus'.

Baxa's STAR Center brings together professional and industry partners to provide participants with a range of experience in equipment, technology and design.
The CriticalPoint modules are sold as stand-alone programmes for quality assurance and competency assessment.
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