We are happy to introduce the first special section of Pharmaceutical Technology in Hospital Pharmacy on the topic of chemical contamination in hospitals. Since 2003, GERPAC conference selected this topic, which is major concern for healthcare workers and needed a special space in the annual conference. From this time, many international researchers had shared their skills and research work during GERPAC conference, thus allowing to upgrade the pharmaceutical knowledge in that field. Pharmaceutical Technology in Hospital Pharmacy will give us the opportunity to promote and encourage research works on this topic in the special field of hospital compounding to continuously improve healthcare worker protection.
For this first special issue we have the pleasure to present 3 original research papers and a review. The review is from Tom Connor and Jerome Smith. Tom Connor is internationally recognized for his works on chemical contamination at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, CDC, United States of America. This paper gives an overview of the methods for research and quantification of surface chemical contaminants in 2016 and the future for easier determinations of the contamination in healthcare environments. Interesting perspective is given for more simple and rapid method helping the workers to assess more routinely their environment and facilitate the implementation of the protective measures. The first research paper by Vazquez et al., assessed the risk of cross contamination when handling different cytotoxic drugs in the same working area based on simulation of handling errors. The question of cross-contamination is regularly discussed but difficult to answer in the context of hospital pharmaceutical compounding. This study presents an interesting approach of the risk based on the potential handling errors. The second research paper, by Sgarioto et al., focuses on the contamination risk when handling powder form of toxic drugs. The paper presents the method and the development of a tool to help pharmaceutical team to assess the risk of exposure for operators when handling toxic in powder form, and implement the best protection measures. The third research paper from Rudi Schierl’s team, internationally recognized for numerous works on chemical contamination with cytotoxics in Germany, presents a huge assessment of surface contamination over 15 years by platinum and fluorouracile in 151 pharmacies. This work highlights the interest of long-term monitoring to continuously improve the protective measure to be implemented.
We hope you will enjoy this first special section and we expect there will be many other papers in the near future on this important issue for healthcare workers at hospital.
Beside, this special section, you will find in this issue, a paper from Chouquet et al. presenting an original strategy to improve the quality control of paediatric injectable preparations by analytical method.