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Dale Kelley <[log in to unmask]>
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The Pharmaceutical Microbiology Mail List <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 28 Feb 2002 09:19:31 -0800
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My experience is from several years ago, but here
1. Yes at one lab, No at another
2. Yes
3. Street clothing at one lab, scrubs at another
4. No, but there was an airlock room
5. Entered the workspace multiple times
6. No, unless the item or test materials were unusual
and required assistance

With all the questions answered, I will now pose a
couple of others to you.
What are you testing?  What is your required turn
around time for samples?  Have you considered
switching to an isolator system?  If the items you are
testing are suited to using an isolator, you may find
it less expensive to set up than new suites and less
expensive to operate (not always true, but sometimes).
Hope this helps,
Dale Kelley
--- Patricia Parish <[log in to unmask]>
> I'm trying to get some information regarding how
> various commercial
> facilities have designed their sterility suites.  We
> are looking to
> redesign our current suite, and have already heard
> from one consultant.  It
> seemed a bit extreme, so we would like to get more
> information.
> 1)  Do you have a sterilization autoclave going into
> the suite?
> 2)  Do you have an exit airlock leaving the suite?
> 3)  Are personnel wearing scrubs, plant suits or
> street clothing under
> their gowns?
> 4)  Do you have a locker room going into a gowning
> room solely for the
> purpose of sterility suite gowning?
> 5)  Do you place all items required for testing
> within the bsc prior to
> beginning the test, or do you allow your personnel
> to keep the bsc
> uncluttered having to enter the workspace several
> time?
> 6)  We heard from someone that you should have one
> person performing the
> test, and a second operator standing with them to
> hand items into the bsc.
> Does anyone have the time or personnel to do this?
> Any information would be greatly appreciated!
> Patricia Parish
> Berlex Biosciences
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