Good Care Month: The Need for Medical Fridges in Care Homes

Observed during the entire month of July, Good Care Month acknowledges and celebrates hard working social care workers and the services they provide for those in need throughout the UK.

With an ageing population in the UK, life expectancy has significantly increased in recent decades, which is why carers play such an important role in society.

In mid-2016, there were 1.6 million people aged 85 years and over. By mid-2041 this is projected to double to 3.2 million and by 2066 to treble, reaching 5.1 million people.

Storing Medicines in Care Homes

As social care workers continue to provide essential support for elderly care home residents, the importance of maintaining their health and wellbeing cannot be overstated. 

An integral part of ensuring quality healthcare in care homes is the proper storage and management of medications and vaccines. 

Medical Fridges in Care Homes

Medical fridges for care homes play a vital role in this aspect, contributing significantly to the safety, efficacy, and overall health of residents. 

Here’s why medical fridges are regarded as indispensable assets for care homes and how they contribute to the wellbeing of elderly residents:

Preserving Medication Potency

Managing medicines in care homes is of utmost importance. Many elderly residents rely on a range of medications to manage chronic conditions and maintain their health. These medications are often temperature-sensitive and require strict storage guidelines to preserve their potency. 

At CoolMed our medical fridges are specifically designed to maintain a consistent and controlled temperature, typically between +2oC and +8oC, providing an ideal environment for the safekeeping of medications. This temperature range is also known as the ‘Cold Chain’. 

By preserving the potency of these drugs, medical fridges ensure that residents receive the full benefit of their prescribed treatments.

CoolMed medical fridges are all fitted with state-of-the-art iCool temperature probes that accurately monitor and stabilise drug temperatures.

Preventing Medication Errors

In the fast-paced environment of care homes, caregivers manage multiple medications for various residents throughout the day. The risk of medication errors can be significant, but medical fridges play a crucial role in mitigating this risk. 

With adjustable shelving, spacious internal compartments, and internal LED lights, our medical fridges facilitate clear labelling and proper segregation of medications, making it easier for caregivers to identify and administer the correct drugs and dosages. 

This helps minimise the potential for medication errors and ensures that residents receive the right treatments at the right time.

Protecting Vaccine Integrity

Preventative healthcare, including vaccinations, is of utmost importance in care homes to protect elderly residents from preventable diseases. 

Vaccines are highly sensitive to temperature fluctuations, and even brief exposure to incorrect temperatures can compromise their efficacy. 

Medical fridges with precise temperature control, such as CoolMed fridges, provide a stable environment for storing vaccines, ensuring that residents receive vaccines that are potent and effective in safeguarding their health.

Enhancing Caregiver Efficiency

Efficiency in caregiving is essential to providing prompt and attentive care to residents. 

Medical fridges designed for healthcare settings come equipped with user-friendly features, such as adjustable shelves and clear temperature displays, making it easier for caregivers to access and manage medications efficiently. 

This streamlined workflow allows caregivers to spend more time attending to residents’ needs and providing personalised care.

At CoolMed, our medical fridges all feature external digital temperature displays with battery backup that make taking temperature recordings simple and easy.

Emergency Preparedness

In times of emergencies, medical fridges with advanced features such as audio and visual alarms are critical. These features ensure that carers are immediately alerted to any internal refrigerator temperature fluctuations and can make plans to stop medications and vaccines from becoming spoiled and going to waste.

Refrigerator alarms help to prevent interruptions in resident care and protect their health during challenging circumstances.

Compliance with Healthcare Regulations

Care homes are subject to strict healthcare regulations, including guidelines for medication storage and handling. 

Utilising medical fridges that meet regulatory standards helps care homes stay compliant and maintain high standards of care for their residents.

The Care Quality Commission states that “dedicated medicine fridges” should be used to “keep medicines at the correct temperature.” They continue: “Make sure your medicine fridges are secure and accessible only to authorised staff.”

CoolMed medicine fridges all have built-in locks that ensure only authorised staff members can access stored medicines to maintain patient safety.

In care homes, the wellbeing of elderly residents is the top priority. Medical fridges are invaluable tools that play a crucial role in ensuring the safety, efficacy, and accessibility of medications and vaccines. By preserving medication potency, medical fridges are indispensable assets for providing the best possible care to residents in care homes. 

Contact Us

If you’d like to speak to a member of our team about choosing the best medical fridge for your care home, please call us on 0161 772 5666, or email us at info@coolmed.co.uk. A member of our team will be happy to help!

All CoolMed medical fridges are dispatched the same day if ordered before 12pm. We also offer free fridge positioning and removal of product packaging, unlike other suppliers.