First Practice Management
- Posted Tuesday March 2, 2021
With the proposed roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccination programme now a reality, accurate monitoring and recording of medical refrigerator temperatures is rapidly becoming an even more important issue to ensure every dose counts.
Currently, in medical practices and other healthcare environments across the UK, time and effort is expended daily on manual checks to ensure that the refrigerators used to store medicines, vaccines and blood products are kept at a temperature between +2⁰C and +8⁰C.
Now an innovative device from Remote Monitoring Ltd can automate, speed up and simplify these manual processes. The system guarantees accurate, secure, failsafe 24-hour monitoring and record-keeping, helping to make the most of every dose.
RemoteM is a wireless refrigerator temperature monitoring system developed for the healthcare environment, enabling easy, reliable compliance with relevant statutory bodies. It is designed to eliminate the potential for compromising the safety of medicines and other temperature-sensitive products, reducing disruption and waste.
RemoteM is simple to set up and use, providing a ‘plug and play’ solution requiring no specialist installation services. The system operates via a sensor placed inside each refrigerator. This sensor maintains a constant record, logging temperature data at regular intervals 24 hours a day, seven days a week and sending this to the cloud via a base station. Each base station is capable of supporting multiple sensors.
In the event of a power failure or equipment malfunction that results in temperature fluctuation, the system generates immediate SMS, email and/or voice call notifications to designated individuals – of particular use for locations which are not staffed in the evenings and at weekends.
Practice staff can then access and analyse this data remotely via an online ‘dashboard’, using almost any device. Detailed reports can be produced to support compliance, removing reliance on manual reading and recording processes.
RemoteM provides a particularly robust solution as the system is designed around battery powered wireless communication, with no reliance on practice WiFi or IT systems. The base station battery backup ensures data recording and alerts continue, even in the event of a lengthy power failure or internet outage.
The system is highly adaptable and can be calibrated to monitor products stored at ambient temperatures, as well as monitoring stock in transit, ensuring vaccines and other vulnerable medicines are maintained under cold chain conditions during transportation.
For further information on RemoteM's refridgeration monitoring systems for your GP Practice, visit https://www.remotem.co.uk/