This position functions as a specialized IV room Pharmacy Technician primarily in the Des Moines location of VA Central Iowa Health Care System (VACIHCS) Pharmacy Service and extending to patient care areas at any VACIHCS location. The duties of this position are performed in the sterile product preparation area (IV Room) and operations area of the Pharmacy Service. The incumbent is a highly specialized technician, who, under the authority of the Chief, Pharmacy Service, is responsible for the safe handling, preparation, and management of all compounded sterile products, commercially prepared compounded sterile products, IV room automation equipment operation and maintenance, and all medications and supplies associated with compounded sterile product preparation within and supplied by the Pharmacy Service. Maintain all levels of IV room and compounded sterile product competencies, ensure compliance with USP 797 and USP 800 guidelines and local IV room policies and procedures, appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning of IV room supplies and equipment assigned to Pharmacy staff, monitoring of cleaning of IV room equipment and environment assigned to non-Pharmacy staff, monitoring of IV room equipment and environmental controls, complete and accurate record keeping for all activities performed, and timely notification to the Pharmacy Program Manager Making deliveries to patient care areas, restocking automated medication dispensing machines throughout the facility, unit-dose medication packaging, bulk mediation packaging, controlled substance medication distribution, non-sterile product compounding in accordance with USP 795 guidelines, outpatient prescription preparation for window and/or mail distribution, and special projects as assigned. Possess the ability to evaluate and analyze workflow and coordinate work activities within the time frames required. The incumbent shall possess knowledge of pharmacy policies and procedures sufficiently to maintain personal competency and compliance, and to assist with training/orientation of new employees and staff as assigned. Routinely prepares non-hazardous low and medium risk compounded sterile products in the form of large volume parenteral IV solutions, small volume parenteral IV solutions, syringes, total parenteral nutrition (TPN) or other modality as required. Correctly interprets compounded sterile product labels and compounding formulas, selects and measures appropriate ingredients, handles ingredients in a safe and appropriate manner utilizing aseptic technique, prepares the compounded sterile product for final verification by a licensed pharmacist, inspects the final compounded sterile product for accuracy, correctly labels and packages the compounded sterile product, maintains records of the compounded sterile product process, and supplies the product for delivery. Performs required IV room cleaning, environmental monitoring, and equipment monitoring assigned to Pharmacy staff. Assists with monitoring IV room cleaning, environmental monitoring, and equipment monitoring assigned to other service lines. Complies with the pharmaceutical waste program and follows guidance in Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) references for handling hazardous medications and/or materials. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 6:00am - 2:30pm, 7:00am - 3:30pm, 8:00am - 4:30pm; occasional evening shifts; rotating weekends and holidays. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599439600
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