What are "Sterile Products"
What does the term
refer to exactly??
Reply(by Keith): "Sterile products" refers to products that are going to be administered using an enteral route of administration. The "products" are going to be infused directly into the bloodstream or body tissue, it is extremely important they be "sterile".
For example. Consider that when a patient takes a tablet orally, their digestive system (acting as part of the immune system) has the opportunity to identify and kill any bacteria that may have hitched a ride on the tab. With a parenteral route of administration, if any contaminants are present they go right into the blood stream, bypassing the digestive system. This is why we must use a HEPA filtered flow hood preparing them.
(and why we call them Sterile Products)