The 2023 version of the OctariusRx USP 800 assessment quiz is about to be released!
With the enforcement of USP Chapter 800 beginning on November 1, 2023, facilities will be required to assess staff competency on an annual basis. Ongoing education and assessments of staff in the handling of hazardous medications is not only a regulatory requirement, but also a standard of good practice. How are you assessing your staff? With our annual assessment, you have both an education and an assessment tool to help you meet the regulatory requirement.
Assessing staff competency is a requirement of the licensing and accrediting organizations such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), Quad A and The Joint Commission (TJC). Most facilities struggle with developing and implementing annual staff assessments, but they have a simple solution available they may not be taking advantage of…their consultant pharmacist.
Your consultant pharmacist should be expert in this area and work with the facility to develop and implement a comprehensive tool to use throughout the year. In addition to our routine visits and guidance, at OctariusRx we offer several annual assessments including one on the handling of hazardous medications, as required by USP Chapter 800. This quiz educates and further develops the knowledge base of staff members who take it. In the end, our goal is not only to assess, but also to educate. And we accomplish regulatory compliance at the same time.
What does the quiz cover and how do you get one?
The quiz focuses on some of the basic elements of USP Chapter 800. The goal of education and assessments is to ensure facility staff are well rounded and generally knowledgeable. Our clients will be receiving the newest assessment quiz during our next visit. As usual, the quiz is continually updated and comes with a complete answer key to make grading easier.
Earlier this year, we discussed Nursing Medication Calculations, Medication safety and Controlled Substances to help your staff hone their skills and let you assess their abilities. This time, we offer an opportunity to educate and assess on hazardous medications to help keep both patients and staff safe. If you are not fully prepared to meet the requirements of USP 800, or if you have any questions, please reach out to us.
The Consultant Pharmacists at OctariusRx provide guidance on safe medication management, survey readiness and cost savings to ambulatory healthcare facilities/surgery centers, senior care facilities and pharmacies. We also help individual patients optimize their medications to improve their quality of life and save money. Contact us for assistance.