New White Paper Explores the Facilities Challenges of USP <800> and Provides Considerations to Overcome Them

    Simplex Isolation Systems has announced a new white paper that explores the challenges imposed by USP <800> Section 5: Facilities and Engineering Controls. The white paper was developed to help healthcare institutions understand the necessary upgrades and modifications required of their facilities to achieve USP <800> compliance. Additionally, the white paper provides these organizations ways in which they can leverage their current facility layout and infrastructure to keep modifications within budget.


    USP <800> : 5 Things You Need To Know

    Recently, Simplex Isolation Systems attended the PCCA International Seminar in Houston, TX. Not surprisingly, the hot topic of the event was the recently adopted US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) regulation, USP <800>, which addresses concerns over the handling of hazardous drugs in healthcare settings. As an update to current compounding standards, this regulation incorporates information contained in USP <795> and <797> and adds the element of containment of Hazardous Drugs.


    How to Set Up or Improve a Hot Aisle/Cold Aisle Layout

    Efficient Cooling Relies On Ensuring Proper Airflow & Preventing Air From Mixing

    Cooling is always a hot topic in data centers because it is essential to ensuring the operational efficiency of your equipment, but it can also contribute to higher operating costs if not done correctly. Hot aisle/cold aisle containment is a popular approach to cooling that aims to not only improve efficiency but also maximize your overall cooling investment. Here are some ways to either develop a hot/cold aisle strategy or improve your existing approach.

    Balance the Airflow

    Airflow balance is another key aspect of cooling efficiency. Ward Patton, critical environment specialist at Simplex Isolation Systems (949-939-0412), equates the process to pouring a liquid from a pitcher into a pint glass. “You have all of this excess, and what’s happening is that if you don’t balance the airflow, you’re using way too much air conditioning for the area that you’re trying to cool.”

    Overcooling can lead to inefficiency and higher costs, but by making some small tweaks, you can improve performance. “Once you implement the hot aisle/cold aisle containment, you build instant redundancy into the air conditioners that you have,” Patton says. “If you’re already getting it done with what you’ve got, you’re going to be ultra-efficient and have a backup for some type of catastrophic failure.”