ASHP offers CriticalPoint(TM) web-based sterile compounding training

October 23, 2007 — BETHESDA, MD — ASHP has added an innovative educational tool to complement its current product line of sterile compounding training. ASHP has teamed up with CriticalPoint, LLC to bring its members access to CriticalPoint’s web-based training solution for compounding personnel. With this best-practices approach to sterile compounding education, pharmacists and technicians can earn up to 32 hours of ACPE-approved CE while also meeting the training requirements for USP Chapter <797>.

CriticalPoint has teamed with recognized experts in their field to offer this state-of-the-art sterile compounding curriculum. Not only do these experts have extensive experience in teaching the principles of sterile compounding, but they have applied them while working in real-life cleanroom environments. CriticalPoint’s authors include ASHP members Eric S. Kastango, FASHP; Patricia Kienle, FASHP; Luci Power; Holly Simmons; and James T. Wagner. To view a complete list of authors and their CVs, visit the “Course Authors” section of the CriticalPoint web site.

CriticalPoint’s training covers all the major topic sections of USP Chapter <797>. These include Environmental
Monitoring, Documentation, Policy & Procedures, Personnel Training, Basic of Compounding Practices,
Engineering Controls, Equipment Uses, and Hazardous Drug Compounding.

Pharmacy staff can access this training from any computer with Internet access, and program administrators receive access to a full range of reporting tools to ensure training is being documented. Packages start as low as $110/employee for 13 hours of training, allowing you to re-invest in your employees’ continuing education (CE) for less than $10 per lesson.

The flexibility of web-based training makes it easy to manage your department’s training records by automating feedback and performance evaluations, eliminating the need to track down test results and cumbersome paperwork. This freedom allows you to focus on important operational decisions, while being assured that your staff are fully trained in up-to-date knowledge and techniques. With the interactive exercises, the staff will enjoy the learning experience while your facility will be delivering a consistent training message that supports your policy and procedures.

In the Personnel Training section of USP Chapter <797> it states: “Compounding personnel shall perform didactic review and pass written and media-fill testing of aseptic manipulative skills initially; at least annually thereafter for low- and medium-risk level compounding; and semiannually for high-risk level compounding.” Using CriticalPoint’s training you will meet the didactic review and written requirements of the Chapter, allowing you to spend more time with the hands on training and media-fill testing portion of your sterile compounding training program.

To sign up for a 30-day free trial account visit CriticalPoint and see for yourself how this training can benefit you and your pharmacy staff. To learn more about this training, visit CriticalPoint’s web site at or call 240-238-4352.

About ASHP
For more than 60 years, ASHP has helped pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems improve medication use and enhance patient safety. The Society’s 30,000 members include pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who practice in inpatient, outpatient, home-care, and long-term-care settings, as well as pharmacy students. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP’s web site,, or its consumer web site,

About CriticalPoint, LLC
CriticalPoint, LLC offers interactive web based training for compounding sterile preparation. CriticalPoint, LLC also offers a full line of project management services to assist you in creating your own line of web-based and software applications. With more than 10 years of experience in creating pharmacy based training and educational products for the Web, CD, or video/DVD, CriticalPoint, LLC can help your take your idea and make it come alive. Visit us at to
learn more about our services.


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