Flu Jab Season – Helpful tips for GP Surgeries
Posted on: 6th Aug 2018
GP Surgeries prepare themselves for the annual flu jab or vaccinations, which must be stored safely according to the manufacturer’s instructions usually between +2 °c to +8°c. The issues are generally a large influx of medicines to be temporarily stored in addition to usual stocks. Vaccines may require transportation which offers a host of separate issues surrounding keeping vaccine storage to the required standard. Here are some tips for consideration to ensure your GP practice is prepared this year.
* Is your fridge(s) working properly? It could be that you bring out the spare fridge for the ‘flu season’ – now is the time to check it’s still working correctly.
* Record fridge temperature before adding new stocks of vaccines. If other users notice a ‘spike’ in fridge temperature readings they won’t know when it happened which could cause unnecessary concern about the cold chain integrity.
* Do you have adequate medical fridge storage to safely store ordered vaccines? Air cannot circulate properly around a fridge stuffed full of vaccines. This could impact on temperature read outs and vaccine safety. Tip: Consider purchase of a larger/additional fridge, or a portable fridge.
* Is your secondary thermometer monitoring device, calibrated? Tip: Read our guide on types and usage
* Ensure your fridge is calibrated annually. Tip: Look for the manufacturer’s own calibration service, or add your fridge to the list of measuring equipment already calibrated at the Practice.
* Are your Certificates of Calibration valid? Tip: Check that the certificates clearly mention ‘test equipment used is traceable to UKAS standards’.
* Ensure your medical fridge is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, or extended warranty, to safeguard against costly breakdowns. Tip: Read the small print sometimes not all parts are covered!
* Check the Certificate of Calibration for your medical fridge meets Care Quality Commission inspection requirement.
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