How to Choose a Medical Fridge for Your Practice

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Medical practitioners need specialist medical fridges to store medicines and vaccines at the right temperature. If these are not stored correctly, they can become irreparably damaged and cost large sums to replace.

But even if you are aware of the importance of a medical fridge in your practice, how do you choose the right model for your needs? After all, there are many options to choose from.

Medical Fridge Size

The first thing to consider is the size of the fridge. This will normally be the easiest factor, because it will be determined by the amount of space you have available.

Small medical fridges are designed to sit on a countertop and hold a small selection of medicines; medium fridges are often about the size of a standard home fridge or dishwasher and large fridges are stand-alone fridges that can store a large quantity of medicines.

Look at the space you have available and measure it if necessary. Also, consider the quantity of medicines and vaccines you need to store.

Solid or Glass Door

The next decision to make is whether your fridge will have a solid door or a glass door. These are the two main options for medical fridges and the choice is yours. Both are designed to store medicines at accurate temperatures.

Sometimes, you may prefer a solid door to prevent people from seeing what you are storing inside. This may be for security purposes.

Glass doors make seeing the medicines easier, and they could help you to save time finding the right one.

When you can find the medicine quicker, you can reduce the time spent with the door open, helping to keep the temperature stable.

Also, you can easily see when you are running low on certain medicines without having to do a full stock count.

Temperature Control

The main function of a medical fridge is to provide accurate temperature control. This is something that any good fridge from a respected manufacturer should be able to do.

Read reviews of fridges and choose a manufacturer with a proven track record for providing high-quality fridges.

Alarm Function

An alarm function can be a useful additional feature. Some fridges have alarms built in, which sound when the temperature goes out of the set range, whether too hot or too cold. If someone has left the door open, the alarm can alert you to the problem, enabling you to deal with it quickly.

Security Lock

Because medicines and vaccines are expensive, you might want to add an additional layer of security. Some fridges come with security locks, so only people with the key can gain access and this can prevent theft.

Eco-Friendly Design

 Finally, you might want to choose a fridge with an eco-friendly design. Some fridges are more energy-efficient than others and this can minimise your running costs by reducing the amount of energy used to run your medical fridge.

Choose the Right Fridge for Your Practice

These are the main considerations when choosing a new medical fridge for your practice.

Think about the different features available and look at different models from different manufacturers.

The most important thing of all is to choose a fridge from a manufacturer with a proven reputation, to ensure you end up with a high-quality medical fridge that performs to your requirements.

Speak to your local advisor