Medical fridges come in different sizes and specifications. This post will help you choose the best unit for your ward
With so many different sizes and specifications available – do you want a solid door or a glass door, for example – choosing the best medical fridge for your ward can be a tough decision.
But it is a decision that you must get right if you are to ensure the vaccines and medicines stored on your ward remain in the cold chain and are kept in the best possible condition.
To help you choose the best medical fridge for your ward, we have listed the main things you need to consider before making a purchase.
By taking these factors into account you will be able to find the unit that best meets your requirements and needs, and within your budget.
The first thing to think about is the size of the medical fridge you require for your ward. Fridges come in small, medium and large sizes.
Small fridges can fit under desks or sit on countertops. They don’t take up much space at all and can be installed without an engineer having to come to your healthcare facility.
If space is limited but your storage requirements high, you might be best ordering two or three small medical fridges instead of one large fridge.
Medium sizes medical fridges are the size of a domestic dishwasher and again don’t normally require an engineer for installation.
Large medical fridges are substantial units that provide a great deal of storage space for vaccines and medicines. They may require an engineer for installation.
Of course, the size of medical fridge you need will depend on the number of vaccines and medicines stored on your ward at any one time.
Solid door or glass door:
The next decision to make is whether you require a solid door or a glass door on the medical fridge that will be located on your ward.
There are advantages to each – solid doors provide added security while glass doors allow you to see inside the fridge without opening the door and thus better maintaining the temperature inside.
Ultimately, the decision will come down to whether you prioritise security – most medical fridges are fitted with locks – or prefer the ease of being able to see inside without opening the door.
Some medical fridges come with optional extras, such as data loggers that will automatically record temperatures in real-time.
While manual data logging is always recommended, automated data loggers give a very detailed picture of how the temperature inside the fridge is being maintained and how it fluctuates.
If you have a manual data logging system in place then an automated data logger may not be required but if budget allows, they do provide added peace of mind.
One of the last things to consider when choosing the best medical fridge for your ward is whether to take out a servicing and maintenance plan.
While these often cost extra, servicing and maintaining your fridge is key to ensuring that it is working as it should be and to prevent any outages.
An annual service also extends the life of the medical fridge which is often a substantial investment for healthcare practitioners and practices.
By considering the above factors you should be able to easily determine which medical fridge best meets the needs for you and your ward.
Of course, if you have any additional questions please do contact a member of the CoolMed team and they will be more than happy to assist.