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energy, while not sacrificing air quality.
The use of combination fan/HEPA filter
units to blend the base building supply
and recirculated airflow provides an even
discharge air temperature to keep the
spaces at 68 F or cooler as required by USP.
4. Consider room size as much as
possible. Once you’ve chosen to upgrade,
consider how to best minimize the
impact. Carefully consider the size of the
compounding room sizes. Rooms must
be large enough to be ergonomic and
fully functional while also keeping them
as small as possible from a cost benefit,
energy and air quality perspective.
Smaller rooms will still have 30 AC/
hr, but they will require fewer airflow/
fan filter units and ceiling coverage
to provide effective ventilation while
maintaining air quality within the room.
Hospitals and pharmacies across the
country will need to comply with the
USP 797 and 800 standards a year from
now, or risk forgoing reimbursement
funding from Medicare and Medicaid—
or lose their pharmacy licenses. More
importantly, poor compounding practices
could lead to additional significant
Craig Kos is ESD Health and Science
Studio Leader with experience in
healthcare, pharmacy and lab design.
Mike Stark is ESD lead mechanical
engineer and Technical Authority for design
of healthcare, pharmacy and lab spaces.