Many valuable vaccines, specimens, pharmaceuticals, controls, reagents, and critical samples need to be stored in clinics, laboratories, hospitals, and dispensaries' refrigerators and freezers.
COVID-19 vaccine candidates currently being developed by Moderna, AstraZeneca, Novavax, Pfizer, and others will require stringent standards for refrigeration that may hamper how effectively they are distributed.
The US government's Operation Warp Speed is providing some funding for several of these vaccine candidates that the US Department of Health and Human Services calls "the most promising". The program designed to find a vaccine for COVID-19 before the end of the year, and to quickly get a vaccine out to Americans by January 2021. Part of that effort involves manufacturing vaccines before they are even approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the event a vaccine is approved, this means it will already be available for distribution.
However, the quality and suitability of existing refrigerators and freezers being used for cold storage currently in the supply chain are often taken for granted when in reality they may be using outdated or even a malfunctioning units. For example, in busy laboratories, hospitals and dispensaries it is not uncommon for fridges and freezers to become outdated or neglected. Fridges and freezers that are old, full of frost, or improperly inventoried can result in tremendous loss.
Consequently, an absolutely critical feature when storing valuable vaccines, pharmaceutical and biologicals is temperature alarms. Even the most basic vaccine cold storage refrigerator and freezer can be fitted with "temp-alarms". However, alarms that sound when there often is a possibility of no one being nearby the cold storage units in, especially in fast-paced, noisy, hectic work areas or facilities that close on weekends, holidays, nights and off-hours, are useless, and should be replaced with systems that trigger a remote temp-alarm alert immediately.
Maintaining The Cold Chain
Maintaining the cold chain is crucial when it comes to storing temperature-sensitive materials. Keeping vaccines from becoming too cold or too warm is critical. For example, inactivated influenza vaccines are especially sensitive to freezing temperatures.
There are three things that can help you maintain an effective cold chain: accurate inventory management, a properly-trained staff, and, most importantly, the right temperature monitoring equipment. Not knowing what’s happening in your lab, hospital, distribution center, despensorie or clinic can be costly. Cold storage equipment failure can mean thousands in losses.
The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) provides comprehensive resources on storage and handling recommendations and best practice strategies for frozen and refrigerated vaccines .
Remote Temperature Monitoring
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Affordable & Scalable
Many remote monitoring solutions have large initial costs, offer limited battery & sensor life, and don't easily integrate with additional sensors or scale on the same platform—meaning lab, hospital, distribution center, despensorie or clinic operators must maintain multiple systems. Grow your system as your operation grows—AVAYO's affordable and scalable frioguard™ remote monitoring solutions have you covered with 20+ IoT sensors. Initial system setup takes less than 20 minutes and you can scale with additional sensors as other unique needs surface or as you expand.
frioguard™ wireless temperature sensors can be provided with a Traceable Calibration Certification which meets the requirements and complies with ISO 17025 and ISO 9000 standards. The Traceable Certificate indicates that the product is traceable to standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).