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Medical fridges and temperature logging

Medical fridges are specially designed to store medications and vaccines at precise temperatures to maintain their effectiveness. Any deviations in these temperatures can lead to the degradation of sensitive products, rendering them ineffective or even harmful to patients. 

This is where built-in temperature probes become extremely useful. Internal temperature probes are fitted within medical fridges and monitor the chamber’s internal temperature. Alternatively, temperature data loggers are portable pieces of temperature monitoring equipment that provide an additional set of temperature data. 


What are Data Loggers and Temperature Probes?

Temperature monitors record and store temperature data over time and come in various forms. Most commonly, temperature probes are built into a medical fridge’s design, such as the i-Cool temperature probe found in all CoolMed medical fridges.

Other variations include USB temperature data loggers which are particularly advantageous. USB data loggers offer a compact, easy-to-use alternative ideal for monitoring the required temperature conditions whilst on the go.


How do Data Loggers and Temperature Monitors work?

Temperature monitors operate by continuously recording the temperature inside medical fridges. Built-in temperature probes are integrated into the fridge’s design and provide real-time monitoring, allowing healthcare professionals to promptly identify and address any fluctuations in temperature. 

Portable USB temperature data loggers, on the other hand, offer the flexibility to be placed in various locations within the fridge, capturing a comprehensive view of temperature variations. Once connected to a computer, these data loggers allow for easy data retrieval and analysis, enabling healthcare professionals to monitor temperature trends and identify potential issues in advance.


The Challenge of Temperature Monitoring

For healthcare professionals, monitoring the temperature of medical fridges has traditionally been a time-consuming task. Staff members would need to record temperature readings regularly, often with just a pen and paper. Not only was this method prone to human error, but also took valuable time away from other essential tasks.

The arrival of modern temperature monitoring systems has significantly simplified the process. These devices are compact, easy to use and play a vital role in maintaining the integrity of temperature-sensitive medical products.


What are the advantages of modern temperature monitoring?

Accuracy: Digital loggers record data that is accurate and reliable. Our advanced data loggers are accurate to 0.5°C and work in temperatures from -35°C to +80°C. This means you can track temperatures at any time and in any environment. This, along with our precise medical fridge controllers means you can be confident that your temperature recordings are always reliable. 

Automated data collection: With automated data collection, these devices reduce the number of times a medical fridge needs to be opened. In turn, this can impact temperature regulation. 

Ease of use: The data collected by USB loggers is easily accessed and analysed on a laptop or desktop computer. This facilitates efficient record-keeping, speeds up the process of temperature monitoring, and ensures constant compliance with regulatory standards.

Remote use: USB data loggers are small enough to be used in remote locations and can be plugged into a laptop to analyse data readings. Our USB data loggers have large data storage and can hold up to 16,385 temperature readings.

Integration with alarm systems: The temperature monitoring systems in our medical fridges are integrated with alarm systems, triggering alerts when the temperature deviates from the desired range. This proactive approach enables healthcare staff to make immediate interventions and prevents the risk of spoilage.


Compliance with regulatory standards

Complying with regulatory standards is paramount in healthcare facilities to maintain their credibility, and is particularly important when it comes to the storage and handling of medications. 

The use of temperature data recording systems helps in meeting these standards, providing documented evidence of adherence to temperature requirements and supporting a seamless audit process. Annual medical fridge servicing ensures your temperature monitoring systems remain in working order, helping you to abide by industry regulations at all times. 

It is also important to note that temperature monitoring regulations require staff to manually record data for secondary monitoring. 

In conclusion, temperature monitors play a critical role in ensuring the safety and efficacy of medical products stored in medical fridges. Whether it’s real-time monitoring with built-in temperature probes or the flexibility of USB temperature data loggers, these devices are indispensable tools for safeguarding patient health and ensuring regulatory compliance in healthcare settings


Contact us 

You can explore our wide range of data loggers on our website. Additionally, if you’d like to speak to a member of our sales team about our other products, including our medical fridges, you can contact us at info@coolmed.co.uk or call us on +44 161 772 5666.