Monitoring Veterinary Refrigeration
Veterinary hospitals must be extremely careful when storing vaccines and other products. These products must be kept at a consistent temperature. Any fluctuation can decrease their effectiveness or cause a potentially life-threatening reaction when used. Improper storage can cause even the safest drugs to become dangerous.
In addition to temperature, veterinary offices must also ensure that unauthorized people or pets do not have access to certain controlled drugs. The law requires these drugs are kept in a secured storage container.
Adequate Veterinary Refrigeration is Required By Law
The Veterinary Medical Department (VMD) and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) monitor the safe storage of veterinary medical products (VMPs). Inspections are carried out regularly and facilities that do not meet the proper criteria face prosecution and possible closure.
VMPs must be stored according to the manufacturers’ recommendations. This is typically between 2 degrees Celsius and 8 degrees Celsius. These products must be stored away from light and moisture. The refrigeration unit must be secured to prevent unauthorized access by both people and pets. The temperature inside the storage unit must be displayed at all times. Any changes in temperature must be addressed immediately to prevent spoilage.
Unfortunately, adequate medical refrigeration is overlooked in veterinary facilities. Standard fridges are not an acceptable substitute for medical refrigeration units. These fridges present a number of safety and security issues. VMPs stored in these types of fridges are more prone to spoilage, costing the office money and causing a potentially lethal situation for pets.
Proper refrigeration of VMPs can be difficult with a standard medical fridge. Changes over the weekend or during holidays can go unnoticed. Equipment failure or malfunction can lead to safety and compliance issues. Veterinary hospitals need a better solution.
Mint Controls’ veterinary medical refrigeration unit makes it easy to monitor equipment health, track temperatures, prevent access, and prove compliance. Our system uses a variety of sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, equipment health, door openings, inventory, and location. Magnetic locks prevent unauthorized access. A key card is required to open the unit.
Automatic alerts notify key personnel the moment a problem is detected. Information can be accessed at any time, from any location in the world. All that is needed is a cell phone, computer, or tablet.
Our solution includes wheels and is battery powered so that the unit can be moved from one location to the next. This is especially beneficial to large facilities where emergency procedures are performed. GPS monitoring tracks the location of the unit at all times. Alerts notify personnel well in advance before batteries need recharging.
Inventory is monitored inside the unit. Notifications alert personnel when products are about to expire. This allows older products to be used first, preventing loss. Our system generates reports that can be used to prove compliance with local and federal laws and regulations.
Our solution monitors equipment health and allows quick and easy scheduling of predictive maintenance. Automatic alerts allow issues to be addressed promptly, eliminating the chance of spoiled products.
Please contact us for more information about our veterinary medical refrigeration unit.