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Keeping Meds Safe: Monitoring Temperatures On the Move

Transporting medicines and vaccines in vehicles risks exposing both chilled and ambient temperature-controlled drugs to extremes of temperature which can rapidly reduce their efficacy.

For healthcare professionals who often transport quantities of medicines in cool boxes in cars, ensuring these are kept in prime condition and can be returned safely to stock is a difficult task. 

Standard solutions, which involve recording temperature on data loggers, are time-consuming and reliant on a member of staff having access to the vehicles or storage containers on a regular basis. To overcome the problem, monitoring specialists Remote Monitoring Ltd has developed a new and flexible solution developed to match individual requirements.

The new system is based on the company’s tried and tested fridge monitoring system, and gives the user two options:

  • The first involves placing a node to log temperatures in the vehicle or cool box, which collects readings at regular intervals throughout the day. These readings then upload automatically to the cloud at the end of the day or when the vehicle returns to the location where the system’s base station is located, alerting users if the medicines have been out of the required temperature range. Data can then be downloaded for reporting in line with compliance regulations.
  • For those working away for prolonged periods, or requiring more detailed temperature monitoring, the second option is a ‘real time’ in transit monitoring solution, involving a battery-powered base station and temperature monitoring nodes. Subject to cellular coverage (now over 95% of the UK landmass) this product uploads temperature storage data regularly over each 24-hour period. It will alert in real-time if drugs are being stored at incorrect temperatures.

The RemoteM in transit system offers significant benefits. As well as ease of use reduced administrative requirements, and reporting compliance, the system ensures that medicines that may have been stored temporarily in remote locations are monitored accurately, reducing the risk of reduced clinical efficacy.

Used in combination with the fridge monitoring solution in practices and other healthcare environments, users benefit from a complete and accurate picture of the storage of medicines, wherever they are.

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