Home services pharmacy is model for The Joint Commission

Feb. 19, 2014

The Joint Commission's accreditation process is rigorous, so it's quite the honor when the commission asks to study your policies and procedures as a model for others to follow.

That's what happened in December, when The Joint Commission's home care team requested an onsite visit with Providence Home Services to learn more about the pharmacy team's sterile compounding procedures.

“During this one-day visit, The Joint Commission's standards and survey methods staff studied our preparation of intravenous antibiotics, pain medications, total parenteral nutrition, hydration and chemotherapy,” says Debbie Michaelson, director of specialty pharmacy services. “We discussed clean room processes, and they took notes on Providence's compliance with USP 797, a set of enforceable sterile compounding standards.”

The knowledge gained from Providence is an important part of The Joint Commission's research into developing new pharmacy compounding standards.