Medical plaza pharmacy cleanrooms get a facelift
By Jennifer Hernandez
The UF Health Infusion Center – Medical Plaza pharmacy cleanrooms recently underwent state-of-the art renovations, a development that will provide staff and patients with additional protection from infections and dangerous chemicals.
The Infusion Center has completely upgraded their cleanrooms to meet the ISO 7 standards set by the state of Florida. Cleanrooms are used to prepare IV medications, and the staff often works with hazardous chemicals. Meeting the new standards provides them with additional protection from exposure to these dangerous substances.
John Harbilas, Pharm.D., UF Health Shands assistant director of pharmacy services, said using the cleanrooms is now an entirely different operation with two separate rooms. One room is used for non-toxic agents and has positive pressure, where air is released when the door is opened. The other room is used for toxic medications, such as those used in chemotherapy, and has negative pressure, where air is sucked in when the door is opened.
Working closely with UF Health Shands Facilities Development teams, the project spanned several phases, Harbilas said. First, technology and supplies from the previous cleanrooms were moved to a small, 300-square-foot space while the new area was built. Then, it was moved back into the renovated rooms, all while following UF Health’s exceptional codes for quality patient care and customer service.
Cleanrooms are designed to protect everyone involved in the pharmacy’s processes. This new system ensures that UF Health staff and patients receive the very best work and treatment environment available.