Virtual reality allowed us to share design solutions to end users in a way that could help them better understand proposed spaces
The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and National Formulary (NF) Chapters 797 and 800 address pharmacy requirements for sterile compounding of drugs and compounding of hazardous drugs such as chemo. Chapter 797 was recently updated with more strict requirements while Chapter 800 was recently added, creating additional requirements to protect pharmacy staff.
Sentara Healthcare engaged Stantec to provide planning and design services for their system wide USP 797/800 upgrades. Our first step was to develop design standards that describe the ideal physical configuration of sterile compounding facilities including room layout, fixtures, furnishing, and equipment to support standardized operational practices and compliance. The standards also cover finish selection options and detailing that meet environmental requirements. We then used the design standards and cleanroom prototypes to develop renovation scope for compounding facilities across the system. These reports were further informed by surveys, and the collective findings reviewed in conjunction with the owner’s goals, objectives, and budget.
Our design team used virtual reality tools to present proposed design solutions to the end users. This helped streamline the design process and allowed end users to understand the new cleanroom spaces in a way that could not be done in traditional 2D design techniques.
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