The importance of automatic temperature monitoring in the distribution of pharmaceuticals

Understand the importance of automatic temperature monitoring in the distribution of pharmaceuticals. Also get the approved specifications on enviro conditions.

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Healthcare and automatic temperature monitoring

You might wonder why you need automatic temperature monitoring when you could manually move from space to space in your facilities, carrying thermometers and manually recording temperatures. It doesn’t take that long, right? Right. 

This article is here to explain what’s wrong with the manual temperature monitoring process.

Is automatic temperature monitoring compliant?

Yes, and you can control and calibrate the automatic temperature monitoring system the way you need.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the South African Department of Health have released detailed specifications of environmental conditions for the storage, transport and dispensing facilities for vaccines and certain medications. These conditions apply to a wide range of products, all of which lose their biological properties if the required temperature ranges are not adhered to.

Why is manual temperature monitoring not good enough?

Monitoring and managing environmental conditions is time-consuming and cumbersome, requires specifically approved measuring equipment and necessitates regular readings over years. If the stipulated environmental conditions are breached, and temperatures move out of the specified acceptable range, large volumes of medications or vaccines have to be disposed of. Disposals are expensive in the healthcare industry because they need to be executed in a highly controlled manner.

This creates financial losses to the business and a setback in servicing communities depending on the medication. Therefore, it’s financially smart and it’s also proactive to install electronic automatic temperature sensors and logging equipment. This combination operates around the clock, providing seamless and uninterrupted data as proof that stipulated storage conditions are adhered to. 

What are the benefits of automatic temperature monitors?

Automatic temperature monitoring equipment can be configured to raise alerts via acoustic notification, email or SMS communication. You create the rules and calibrate the system for your exact needs. When any recorded temperature drifts towards the boundaries of the prescribed range, the alert is triggered.

This enables proactive response from your staff, who can also institute mitigating measures to avoid expensive stock losses.

Where does the temperature monitoring system store data?

Ikhaya Automation Systems’ automatic temperature monitoring system stores data in the cloud. This is in line with best practice, data security standards, and is always available online.

How would a temperature monitor affect your operation?

Temperature monitoring is the key to unlocking preventive business management. Cooling plants, compressors, circulation pumps, the list goes on; these parts are not made to last forever. Equipment breakdowns quickly and easily can lead to drifts or outages, which result in the specified temperature range suffering breaches.

External conditions such as power failures, prolonged excessive heat, high cycles of door openings or even negligence when doors are not correctly closed, can lead to excessive temperature fluctuations, thus damaging stored medicines. It’s important that your temperature monitoring equipment and data storage systems have been approved by the World Health Organization for use in critical environments. The good news is that our VM1000 product is WHO-approved for its performance, safety and quality.

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