CONTROLLED ROOM TEMPERATURE (CRT) OR AMBIENT STORAGE – what is the difference?

Posted on: 22nd Jul 2019

Shoreline customer service team often field calls from those seeking clarity on Shoreline Controlled Room Temperature (CRT) cabinets and whether there is a difference between CRT, Ambient, or even RTS (Room Temperature Storage). The simple answer is no. The industry has yet to define a preferred term and with over 40 years within medical refrigeration, Shoreline prefers CRT, but essentially CRT, RTS and Ambient are the same product.

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CRT cabinets are used increasingly within pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, nursing/care homes, GP surgeries, or anywhere where drug manufacturers require drugs to be stored at ‘room temperature’. Manufacturers usually guarantee product stability and shelf life if their instructions are followed. Failure to do so, may compromise patient safety.

Room temperature means storage of medical products between +15°C to +25°C. With the need to adhere strictly to drug manufacturer’s storage guidance and fluctuating room temperatures on the increase, staff need to know precisely that drugs are indeed being stored within the correct temperature that is ‘room temperature. A controlled room temperature cabinet offers certainty and is often the only and correct choice.

A CRT cabinet ensures healthcare providers comply with the manufacturer’s recommendations and eliminates fluctuations in room temperature due to heatwaves or faulty air-conditioning. An ambient cabinet is a precise response to a precise requirement, controlling internal storage air temperatures between +15°C to +25°C.

Shoreline’s CRT cabinet range enable healthcare providers to comply with these specific temperature requirements. An integral digital temperature controller ensures accurate monitoring of the safe and stable storage environment. A Shoreline CRT cabinet provides temperature control monitoring for accurate storage temperature records and control in line with manufacturer’s recommendations. Suitable for care homes, pharmacies, clinics, clinical trials, GPs and hospitals. Shoreline’s CRT range includes a manufacturer’s calibration certificate for 1 year and a further 4 years free on-site calibration. The range is also covered by Shoreline’s 5 year parts and labour warranty. Quality components mean Shoreline has an excellent reputation for reliability.

Speak to our customer service team to find out more about Shoreline CRT cabinets on 01903 73387t or office@shoreline-uk.com

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