Maintaining correct temperatures throughout the entire supply chain is especially crucial for pharmacies, medical centres and aged care facilities who store and administer vaccines and other temperature-sensitive medicines. It ensures that end consumers receive their vaccines in optimal condition and potency for their health and wellbeing.
In June of 2019, changes were made in National Vaccine Storage Guidelines ‘Strive for 5’ which now recommend that medical professionals move to automatic cold chain management systems.
These changes to automated systems recognise the increased ability of wireless technology to monitor, record and report on vaccine temperatures, so that cold chain failures are prevented.
To ensure that vaccines have been stored within the recommended temperature range of +2°C to +8°C, the temperatures to which vaccines are exposed must be monitored, recorded and reported throughout the cold chain. These procedures help to ensure that:
• vaccine quality is maintained throughout the vaccine cold chain
• temperature excursions and any potential impact on the potency of the vaccines are identified early, and corrective action is taken
• clients receive potent and effective vaccines.
Several vaccine temperature-monitoring devices can be used to monitor the cold chain. These include temperature chart recording systems, data loggers, thermometers, disposable cold chain monitors, automated temperature-monitoring systems and back-to-base systems. At a minimum, all vaccine refrigerators must have a basic data logger and thermometer to continuously monitor refrigerator temperatures.
– “National Vaccine Storage Guidelines – Strive for 5, 3rd edition” (2019), Commonwealth of Australia as represented by the Department of Health
Providing these traceable records of temperatures throughout the supply chain is essential, not only for your internal record keeping but also for government departments, medical/pharmacy associations and stakeholders as it proves that your practice is managed at the highest standards.
How it works
Monitor, Record and Report The Easy Way
Our system completely replaces manual monitoring and makes older automatic systems obsolete. Its superior technology gives operators the convenience and peace of mind of knowing that everything is within recommended temperatures at all times. The system fully automates cold chain management and makes it so easy to monitor, record and report on temperatures in real-time from the convenience of a smartphone or cloud-connected device.
Once Installed, the system will:
• Send you comprehensive email reports which you can sight, sign and store electronically.
• Alert you via SMS and email if your fridges go below 2°C or above 8°C (customisable)
• Help you to avoid the stressful, frustrating and expensive experience of a cold chain failure!
Four Steps To Cold Chain Freedom
1. LoRa Gateway
The long-range/ low power gateway is easily installed inside your data cabinet. Its signal will cover 300 meters squared indoors, and up to 1.2 km outdoors will transmit temperature data securely between all the components. Gateways easily outperform BlueTooth and Wireless GSM Gateways.
2. Connect Temperature Sensors
Our IoT sensors are easily scanned in so that they connect with the gateway, website portal and native Android and IOS Apps. The sensors, with the optional probe, are installed within your fridges, freezers and coolrooms and act as a guardian angel, watching over your valuable stock 24/7.
Servicing, Calibration and Support
Imbros’ local engineering department can service, repair and calibrate your instrument without expensive shipping costs or wait times.