In the field of pharmaceutical compounding, the utilization of appropriate equipment is essential for maintaining both the safety and the integrity of the compounding process. Today, we are going to focus on one specific piece of equipment – the compounding hood, and in particular, the 3' Ductless Fume Hood, PurAir Advanced, a high efficiency product designed to protect the user and the environment from hazardous vapors generated on the work surface.
So, what makes this compounding hood so valuable in the realm of compounding pharmacy?
Firstly, it incorporates a plethora of user-friendly features designed to streamline the compounding process while maintaining the highest levels of safety. One such feature is a conveniently located front cover window that displays the installed filter part number and installation date, encouraging timely filter replacement1.
Moreover, electronic controls and displays, including switches for the blower and a low airflow alarm, are incorporated. The low airflow alarm continuously monitors filter loading, alerting the user when service is needed. An analog air velocity meter is strategically positioned in the user's field of vision, providing real-time air velocity data1.
The compounding hood is also built to last, featuring a chemical resistant epoxy coated steel frame that lends mechanical strength. The cabinet sash, when closed, protects the contents from inadvertent external contact and better isolates the air within the hood, which can be easily opened and closed as needed. The internal work surface is fitted with a standard polypropylene spill tray, and electrical cords and cables are safely routed into the cabinet through ports on the back1.
In terms of filtration, the PurAir Advanced Hood excels. An electrostatic pre-filter, accessible from inside the chamber, is 91% effective down to 1-3 microns, and filter access keys prevent unauthorized removal or accidental exposure to dirty filters. The dynamic filter chamber prevents any possible leakage of contaminated air by pressurizing the fan plenum (positive air) and depressurizing the filter compartment (negative air). Additionally, authorized personnel can adjust the EC motor speed as desired, and a filtered air sampling port allows for manual filter monitoring. The filter glides in on a wheel and track system, then clamps tightly against the filter gasket to prevent filter tears and maintain filter integrity1.
Lastly, clear back and side panels allow ambient illumination into the chamber and provide users with an unobstructed view of its contents. This not only ensures that all contents are clearly visible, but also creates a more comfortable and efficient work environment for the pharmacist1.
In conclusion, a compounding hood, such as the 3' Ductless Fume Hood, PurAir Advanced, is a valuable tool in a compounding pharmacy. It not only ensures the safety and health of the pharmacist but also guarantees the quality and integrity of the compounded medications.
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