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Safely Storing Temperature-Sensitive Medicaton

Lauren Maier on June 19, 2019 at 2:12 PM

Of all the industries that deal with temperature-sensitive materials, the medical field is perhaps the most critical. Safely storing and handling temperature-sensitive medications is of utmost importance to maintaining the integrity of the medications and the safety of the patients who need them—and any mishandling or improper storage conditions can lead to rapid degradation of the quality of medication.

 

Temperature sensor solutions like VeriTemp can give medical staff—and patients—peace of mind knowing that medications have been safely handled and stored up until patients receive them. If a storage container or facility ever falls out of safe ranges (usually between 35° F and 46° F), staff will be immediately alerted so the integrity of the medications is preserved despite the malfunction.

 

So for what medications is temperature monitoring especially important?

  • Vaccines
  • Several topical preparations, including some types of eye drops
  • Some hypoglycemia medications
  • Insulin
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Liquid antibiotics

 

Medical staff that are responsible for the safe handling of these and other temperature sensitive medications must take certain steps to ensure their efficacy. Storage facility temperatures must be recorded daily, with minimum, maximum, and current temperatures. Staff should be trained regarding what to do if the fridge or facility ever falls out of a safe range, and any instances of this must be recorded. Luckily, with VeriTemp your staff can be automatically notified when temperatures fall out of range and informed about what action steps to take all through a cellphone or tablet.

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