Chemotherapy Compounding / 02 Mar, 2021

Embracing high stakes: life as a Production Technician

Slade Health writer

Lisa Maker is a dedicated production technician working at Slade Health’s Geebung facility. Working in a team of 30, Lisa and her colleagues are responsible for producing precise medication doses for cancer patients. Over three sessions lasting two and a half hours, the technicians perform a synchronised dance to carefully formulate life-saving medication, including chemotherapy. On a given day, Lisa could be conducting any one of the three roles within the team: picking (assembling the products required for each patient), compounding (producing the individualised chemotherapy for a patient) or assisting compounding (which entails sterilising equipment and calculating substance quantities). From the moment she clocks on, everything Lisa does centres around the patients who will ultimately receive the medication she produces.

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