SILICONE RINGS IN A CLEAN ROOM

by Phillip Morgan
(San Diego, Ca.)

Silicone Ring Question referring to USP797

Silicone Ring Question referring to USP797

The USP797 rules state that no jewelry can be worn in the I.V. clean room setting because it wouldn't be sterile. I was wondering if silicone rings would be any different? It's not metal so it wouldn't interfere with the readings on the isolator hoods and could be cleaned easily. What do you think?

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My Inclination is to say "No, they are not any different..."
by: David

Yes, Phillip, according to USP797, no jewelry of any form may be worn in an IV cleanroom. This includes watches, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, piercings, etc. I'm fairly positive that makeup and/or nail polish shouldn't be worn either.

While I'm fairly certain that there is no published recommendation or guidance on the issue and question of silicone rings, I'd consider it safe to say that a silicone ring would, in fact, be considered jewelry.

The concern with jewelry is the chance for contamination of the laminar flow hood, and/or ultimately the contamination of IV compounded medication from contact with any bacterial, viral, or harmful contaminant(s) which might cause infection or negative health outcomes in the patient.

Your pharmacist, pharmacy manager, and/or medical director may have other, different policies regarding this question. It would probably be a best practice to speak with them about this inquiry.

Thank you for your question.

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