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Did Skin Prep Fuel This Fire? - February 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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H er heart sank when news first broke of the fungal meningitis outbreak traced to tainted steroids pre- pared by a compounding pharmacy. "What if our vials were contaminated?" Melissa Hermanson, RN, CASC, the clinical administrator of the Ambulatory Care Center in Vineland, N.J., remem- bers thinking. "It was tense. You think back over all of the patients — all of their faces — and pray that everything is going to be okay," she says of the 50 or so patients who receive routine pain management injections each week. "Patient welfare is always a No. 1 concern, especially when we're injecting these drugs into spinal columns." Staff researched the lot numbers of each vial of steroids they'd 8 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 7 Questions to Ask Your Compounding Lab • CONVENIENCE OF COMPOUNDING Ready-to-use compounded combination dilating drops eliminate the need to administer multiple eye drops before cataract surgery. Does your lab take medication safety as seriously as you do? Diane Stopyra Contributing Editor

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