Protect Patients, Cut Costs & Increase Compliance with Real-time Temp Monitoring | Solutions for Temperature Monitoring
By Alex Hoffman, Compliance Analyst for Awarepoint
The CDC’s “Best Practices for Refrigerated Vaccines” recommends the use of a temperature data-logger, and checking the readings at a minimum of two times every workday - once in the morning, and once in the evening. By following these minimal requirements healthcare facilities can expect minimal results.
In the event of a temperature excursion after hours, or on a non-work day, the staff is not present to respond and the likely result is the contents of the unit becoming designated as spoilage. The cost to replace the inventory in a vaccine refrigerator can easily top $50,000. Additional opportunity cost of lost revenue is also applied if the clinic does not have the spare inventory on hand to meet patient demand before replenishing the lost product. This reactive monitoring approach fails to help hospitals minimize costs or provide quality patient care by ensuring that the medication inventory levels necessary to meet demand will be on hand at the start of every shift.
An increasing number of providers are transitioning to more sophisticated proactive temperature monitoring solutions. These systems have the ability to alert the appropriate personnel (Engineering/Pharmacy/Department Managers) at the exact moment of an issue twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This real time awareness of excursion events enable healthcare facilities to reduce the risk of spoilage events during and after hours.
Offering a centralized web based platform to view the current status of every medication refrigerator, freezer, or warmer provides healthcare providers with real time data to make real time decisions across hundreds of devices. By creating excursion alert processes and procedures to minimize the time that any unit is out of range these systems can pay for themselves in cost savings after only a few events.
In addition to the cost savings from reducing spoilage events these systems can also possess advanced reporting capabilities. With a few clicks an administrator can assess and compare the effectiveness of different departments to see where progress is needed to improve the quality of patient care. Reports on excursion statics and the corrective action taken to resolve the issue are readily available to present to regulators and prove compliance.
These systems can also be used to support purchasing decisions. It is not uncommon for a healthcare facility to own a few or many sub-par refrigerators. Commonly known as ‘Dorm Fridges’ these devices are subject to wide temperature swings and do not have the capability to store medication with tight temperature tolerances. With the hard data supplied by a centralized temperature monitoring system an administrator has visibility into the device to know if the current equipment is satisfactory to ensure quality of care.
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