The Importance of Biomedical Refrigeration for Raleigh’s Medical Doctors
Raleigh, North Carolina is one of the three anchor cities for Research Triangle Park (RTP), where biomedical and life scientists conduct cutting-edge research. From the close proximity of RTP, medical doctors benefit in many ways. One such benefit is having access to some of the highest quality biomedical refrigeration equipment, maintenance and repair services. Frigi-temp proudly serves bioscientists and medical doctors of the Raleigh area.
Within medicine, refrigeration is particularly important to doctors providing patients with vaccinations. As a pediatrician, family doctor or general practitioner, you must keep these disease preventing agents refrigerated. But as a small practice, how do you afford the right equipment for this need? Below is some helpful guidance in finding the right biomedical refrigerator for your small medical practice.
Keeping Vaccines Cold Is Critical to a Small Medical Practice’s Bottom Line
As a modern doctor, you know all too well that costs of administering vaccines continue to rise. In fact, between the mid-1980s to 2014, these costs increased by more than 400 percent.
For one child’s five vaccines in 1986, the cost was $215. Today, you pay $937 for the same five injections. Even worse, doctors now recommend eight more vaccines for each child, adding an additional $1,255 per patient.
These rising costs mean that you, as a practice owner, must maintain effective vaccination storage. That storage, effective vaccine dosing and even children’s lives rely on quality biomedical refrigeration.
What role does refrigeration play in vaccine safety?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), refrigeration of vaccines must maintain temperatures of 2 degrees to 8 degrees Celsius. These temperatures apply for all points on the refrigeration cabinet’s shelves. Deviating from those temps renders many vaccines useless.
When refrigeration fails, a chain reaction of problems occurs. Children must undergo re-vaccination and patients risk preventable diseases. Your North Carolina practice also suffers, losing thousands of dollars to even just one incidence of improper refrigeration.
Many doctors attempt to use residential refrigerators for these biomedical purposes. But a household product creates major risk, when it comes to storing and administering vaccines. A dormitory, bar-style or kitchen refrigerator is simply not designed for medical purposes. This is why you need quality biomedical refrigeration, regardless of your Raleigh medical practice size or patient volume.
CDC Recommendations for Biomedical Refrigeration of Vaccines
According to the CDC, vaccines must be kept in a stand-alone refrigerator or freezer unit. Which you need varies according to the particular vaccine’s temperature requirements. Combined units featuring both a refrigerator and freezer do not maintain consistent temperatures on all shelves. The shelves closer to the freezer unit tend toward colder temperatures and often dip below 2 degrees Celsius.
Also according to the CDC, your medical practice refrigeration needs a digital temperature display. It should also log data in a safe-storage confirmation process called cold chain verification.
Most practices in Raleigh do not need vast refrigeration units for vaccine storage. But your North Carolina biomedical refrigeration specialist at Frigi-Temp can recommend smaller units designed for medical practices of all sizes. These units serve temperature monitoring purposes at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius, while also taking up little floor space in your medical office or lab.
Benefits of a refrigeration unit designed for biomedical needs far outweigh using a residential model, especially in regard to your patients’ health.
Some benefits of a biomedical refrigerator suited to small medical practices, such as the Powers Scientific PS26SDZ, include:
- Pre-programmed temperature control
- Casters for convenient installation and movement
- Glass door for quick stock review
- Digital touch screen controls
- Large temperature display
- Cold chain data storage
- Temperature control alarm by email and text
These practice-minded refrigerators also meet guidelines for vaccine storage by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Features the AAP recommends include:
- Fully adjustable wire shelves
- Door locks
- Forced air circulation
- Digital thermostat controls
- Door alarm when left ajar
Talk to the Experts in Biomedical Refrigeration Maintenance and Repair
Do not let your options for biomedical refrigeration overwhelm you. There is a model designed to fit your precise practice needs. The experts at Frigi-Temp help you select the best model for your vaccine storage. We also provide the biomedical refrigerator maintenance and repair services you need, to reduce your financial risk and healthcare liability.