Most drugs and medicines must be strictly stored either below or between certain temperatures in order for them to be safely and effectively consumed. Pharmaceutical and medical fridge monitoring refers to the constant data analysis and subsequent reporting of fridge temperatures, internal and external levels of humidity, and open-door duration monitoring.
Why monitor pharmaceutical fridges and freezers?
· Patient Safety – The mishandling of drugs can cause anything from a null impact to a dangerously negative effect, and can even kill. Having full understanding and clarity on the conditions in which drugs have been stored is therefore crucial.
· Compliance and Certification – Fridges must be monitored to comply with industry requirements and regulations. Care Quality Commission (CQC) compliance requires temperature gauges to be calibrated annually.
· Fridge Faults – As per all electrical appliances, fridges naturally develop faults, suffer power outages, and experience performance deteriorations.
· Human Error – Healthcare staff can accidentally leave fridge doors open or select drugs that haven’t been chilled or stored accordingly.
· Ineffective data and processes – Manually measuring fridge temperatures at random times simply isn’t effective, and produces data that is inconclusive and unreliable.
Kinsetsu’s automated fridge monitoring solutions empower hospitals, trusts and other healthcare providers with unprecedented drug control understanding, data accuracy and safety alerts so that quality and storage risks can be alleviated before they are allowed to develop.
“Without efficient, effective and reliable fridge, freezer and ambient monitoring solutions, hospitals and healthcare providers unnecessarily increase the chances of compliance failures, or worse – patient health and safety. Kinsetsu’s solutions remove guesswork for the benefit of both those receiving and administering care.”
Joanne O’Doherty, CEO, Kinsetsu
What do we monitor?
· Temperature – inside fridges, freezers and rooms.
· Humidity – many drugs cannot be stored in high/low humid conditions
· Light – alerts can be raised if fridge lights remain on for too long
· Door Open Durations – to address human error or door malfunctions
How data is monitored:
· Kinsetsu’s sensors can be connected to the main Wi-Fi or chosen network within a hospital
· Acceptable temperature variances can be easily programmed, depending on the specific environment, drugs, or fridge.
· Sensors analyse data 24/7/365 and automatically send reports (usually 4 times per day) to relevant management and designated personnel
· Staff receive detailed, clear and accurate data
· Sensors can be configured to report and raise alarms if conditions threaten to exceed acceptable parameters, or if a fridge or freezer door has been left open
You may not know Kinsetsu, so here’s a little about us:
We provide intelligent locating and sensor solutions that give healthcare organisations more asset knowledge, control, safety and efficiency than ever before.
· Our healthcare locating solutions have been crafted and honed by Clinical Engineers and healthcare professionals.
· Headquartered in the UK with experts and offices across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
· Commissioned by UK Government to safeguard Royal Navy personnel and their critical assets on the new fleet of aircraft carriers – all using the same technology as our healthcare solution.
· Our contact tracing solution was created specially to support the NHS in the fight against COVID-19.