Vaccine monitoring system
The CDC requires medical institutions and offices to practice safe handling, storage and record keeping for various drugs and vaccines within their facilities. The vaccines’ potency can decrease dramatically within minutes of being left out in unsafe temperature ranges. Once the potency of the drug is lost, it cannot be restored, and the drug becomes useless. Some vaccines show visible signs of being exposed to an unacceptable temperature range, such as clumping or a cloudy discoloration. Others may show no signs. The CDC strongly recommends that visual appearance is not a reliable indicator that vaccines were stored properly. Patients who receive vaccines that are less potent or inactive due to unsuitable storage conditions run the risk of not being fully protected from a preventable disease. Not only is this a risk that can be prevented, but the patient may also lose confidence in the vaccination program altogether.
Save the expense
Vaccines are costly. Ultimately, your practice will be responsible for the thousands of dollars in loss if the log files and inventory are not properly recorded and documented. Human error will occur if a vaccine refrigerator or freezer is left unmonitored. Perhaps the staff was too busy to record log files or accidently left a door ajar and was unaware of the temperature excursion when it was closed. The integrity of the vaccines may have been compromised, and your state health inspector may require that you dispose of all the vaccines that cannot be proven compliant under the CDC safe practice and handling procedure.
Monitoring, alarming and data logging
Sensaphone has several solutions for the medical market. Whether it be a blood bank, laboratory, hospital or pediatrics office, a Sensaphone monitoring system is the best choice to protect your inventory from loss 24/7. Not only will a Sensaphone system notify you when a temperature excursion threatens your medical inventory, you can log the temperatures to show you were in compliance. A proper Sensaphone system can cover all aspects of your compliance needs such as continuous data logging, alarm logs, audit trails and reports.