Why are Medical Fridges Important to the NHS?
17th February, 2020
Medical fridges are specifically made for the use in many different types of healthcare environments such as Hospitals, Health Centres, Pharmacies and Doctors’ Surgeries. The importance of medical fridges to the NHS should not be underestimated, for a number of reasons:
- Temperature Control – The NHS has unique and specific needs which medical fridges are designed to accommodate. Unlike domestic units which tend to display as high as 5% temperature fluctuations, medical fridges will provide temperature stability. They have the ability to keep heat sensitive medicines between 2°C and 8°C using a thermometer and digital technology that displays the current inside temperature along with both the minimum and maximum temperature since the fridge’s last reset;
- Reduces the Risk of Bacterial Contamination – NHS refrigerators are used to cool samples or specimens for preservation, for storing blood plasma and other blood products, as well as vaccines and other medical or pharmaceutical supplies. They differ from standard refrigerators used in homes or restaurant because they need to be totally hygienic and completely reliable. They will feature separate compartments to prevent cross contamination and can hold specific medical supplies, such as blood or vaccines;
- Cost Effectiveness – Medical fridges represent a larger investment. As a result, some Health Authorities may opt use a standard fridge to save money. However, aside from being potentially dangerous, this can also end up costing a lot more money in the long run. Medicines and vaccinations are expensive. If they are not stored correctly and spoil, or become lost or stolen, the costs can be very high. But this doesn’t stop them from being stored incorrectly at temperatures that were either stored in temperatures that were too high or low. As such it makes financial sense to buy a medical fridge and ensure stability and reliability of temperature, correct storage and security. Keeping medicines at the right temperature are vital for medical practitioners as it is not only unsafe but costs for spoiled vaccines can become crippling to many trusts with further risks, such as lawsuits, if these medicines are given to patients;
- Efficiency – These refrigerators are made more efficient by having glass doors allowing practitioners clear visibility of vaccines and medicines that are inside meaning stock levels can be checked without unnecessary opening, which helps maintain the crucial temperature range. Many models are fitted with an alarm to alert you when the temperature deviates outside of the set range to prevent the contents being damaged; &
- Security – For a further degree of safety and secure storage, there are also lockable versions available designed because of the expensive nature of medicines and vaccines which can be subject to theft and tampering.
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