Portable Clean Room Hoods are a valuable solution for infusion pharmacy practice

Home infusion is the application of medical and nutritional therapies via intravenous (IV) lines at home.

Infusion therapy is prescribed for patients well enough to leave the hospital but who need continued medical treatment at home, such as chemotherapy, antibiotics and nutritional support.

A compounding pharmacist fills the IV bags as prescribed.

The infusion is administered by home health care workers or by the patients themselves.

Filling IV bags requires adherence to USP <797> Guidebook to Pharmaceutical Compounding-Sterile Preparations. (We’ve blogged extensively about the standards and requirements associated with this document.)

Customized Portable Clean Room Hoods

 This drawing depicts a Sentry Air Portable Clean Room Hood customized for filling IV bags. Customizations include: elevated hood height (4” increase) and the addition of an aluminum rod for hanging IV bags.


This drawing depicts a Sentry Air Portable Clean Room Hood customized for filling IV bags. Customizations include: elevated hood height (4” increase) and the addition of an aluminum rod for hanging IV bags.

Our customers who prepare sterile IV bags sometimes require a Portable Clean Room Hood (also known as a Vertical Laminar Flow Hood) that can provide a way to hang IV bags and accommodate measuring devices.

One way Sentry Air addresses their needs is to customize a Portable Clean Room Hood (available in a variety of standard sizes, ranging from 12” to 50” in width) by increasing the height of the hood and installing an aluminum hanging rod.

Careful analysis of the desired modifications includes identification of the appropriate fan/filter unit required to support the application and hood modifications.

Standard clean room hood classifications are not affected by the customization. For example, our 24-inch, 30-inch, and 40-inch wide hoods retain their ISO Class 3 certification, and vertical laminar airflow is maintained.

A fluorescent lamp for localized lighting is included; a Germicidal (Type C) UV lamp with a timer can be optioned to facilitate sterilization procedures.

Airflow in our Portable Clean Rooms

Sentry Air offers both ISO Class 3 and ISO Class 5 hoods in a variety of standard sizes.

In the design and manufacture of our hoods, we use powerful fans to draw ambient room air though a series of filters that remove particles as small as 0.12 microns in size.

The graphic below shows the stages of filtration that result in a particle-free, positive-pressure environment within the hood.

Sentry Air graphic that explains the multiple stages of airflow in our portable clean room hoods.

Our Portable Clean Room Hoods pull ordinary room air into filters that trap contaminates.

Our Portable Clean Room Hoods can be constructed of a range of materials, including PVC, polycarbonates, aluminum, and stainless steel. If desired, the hood can be entirely constructed of transparent materials.

We can also provide cut-outs specifically for specialized equipment you may need to use in a sterile environment [e.g., sinks, infusion pumps].

Sentry Air has designed and delivered a variety of customized clean room hoods and laboratory hoods. You can see some examples here.

Contact us

For information on custom hoods and portable clean rooms for filling IV bags or other aspects of compounding pharmacies, give us a call at 1.800.799.4609, email us at sales@sentryair.com, or fill out the comment form below to have a Sentry Air applications specialist contact you.