For anyone working in the healthcare industry, medical fridges are an essential piece of equipment for storing vaccines and lifesaving drugs.
Different to standard commercial fridges, medical fridges are built to house vaccines, drugs and medicines within a very strict temperature range of between +2oc and +8oc. Medical fridges are further equipped with accurate temperature probes to monitor their internal temperature, and come fitted with locks and alarms to keep their contents safe.
4 Signs Your Medical Fridge Needs Replacing
To ensure the contents of a medical fridge are kept as safe as possible, it’s important to recognise when a medical fridge is showing signs of being at the end of its life cycle. Being able to identify signs of wear and tear is vitally important for medical practitioners, as it will help to maintain the quality of healthcare supplies.
Here are the 4 main signs that suggest a medical fridge may need replacing:
1. Compromised Door Locks & Seals
One way to establish the condition of your medical fridge is to check its door lock and seals. Compromised fridge door locks and seals can have a negative impact on the contents of a medical fridge both in terms of security and how well the fridge works.
To check that your fridge door locks and seals are working as they should, firstly try locking and unlocking your fridge. The fridge should be impossible to break into when locked, but at the same time, it should open with ease when unlocked. Although your medical fridge will likely be stored within a secure premises, you do not want to risk leaving your fridge without a working lock, and make it susceptible to any break-ins.
Additionally, ensure all the seals surrounding the fridge door are airtight. The purpose of these seals is to maintain the optimum temperature conditions within the fridge. If these seals have started to wear away, or if they no longer hold the fridge door shut, the contents of your fridge can become compromised and unusable. This can lead to monetary loss as well as a decline in the quality of service you offer.
2. Exposed Electrical Wires
If your medical fridge is from a high-quality, reputable manufacturer, it will be extremely safe to use as all electrical goods are put through stringent safety checks. That being said, the wiring of your fridge should be checked regularly to ensure wires haven’t come loose or the plastic casings covering them have split. Particularly where you may have had your medical fridge for many years, the quality of the wires can lessen over time.
When assessing your fridge, look for any frayed or exposed wires that could be dangerous to you, or impact the way your medical fridge functions. Generally, you should employ an external expert to conduct a service of your medical fridge each year. They will ensure that any wiring problems are established and dealt with quickly. If you find any electrical issues in the meantime, this is a key sign that your fridge may need replacing soon.
3. Ice Build Up
Another key sign that suggests you may need to replace your medical fridge is the build-up of ice. Although not problematic if it is caught and dealt with quickly, too much ice build-up can start to cause issues with the products within your fridge, especially if it is filled almost to capacity.
The build-up of ice can impact the internal temperature of a fridge and as a result impact the temperature control monitors present within it. If this is not caught early, this change in temperature can be detrimental to the quality of the medicines stored within the fridge, making them ineffective and unusable.
If you start to see an initial build-up of ice, have a service carried out on your fridge by an expert. They will look to resolve any issues and prevent them. If the problem re-occurs frequently, it is an obvious sign that your medical fridge needs replacing.
4. Faulty Fridge Door Hardware & Hinges
Regularly checking the hardware of your medical fridge, including its hinges, can help determine whether you need to replace your medical fridge or not.
Any weak or loose hinges means the products stored within your fridge are no longer secure, which can lead to vaccines and drugs becoming spoiled and unusable.
Additionally, the outer casing of your fridge should be checked for any cracks or breakages that, again, could impact the integrity of your fridge’s internal conditions. Any sign of breakages or cracks would strongly suggest you need to replace your medical fridge.
All the medical fridges and freezers we produce at CoolMed are built to the highest quality specifications, making them durable for their entire lifecycle. Our pharmacy and laboratory fridge ranges are built to last and come with a 5 year warranty.
If you’d like more information on our fridges, or would like to speak to us about replacing your current medical fridge, please call us on 0161 772 5666 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.