‘Flu Vaccine Season – A healthy medical fridge is essential

Posted on: 27th Jul 2017

Most GP Surgeries prepare for the annual ‘flu vaccinations, which must be stored safely according to the manufacturer’s instructions usually between  +2 °c  to +8°c.  Here are some tips for consideration to ensure your GP practice is prepared this year.

HELPFUL TIPS

  • 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 termperature 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.

 

 

  • Ensure your fridge is calibrated annually. TipLook 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? TipCheck that the certificates clearly mention ‘test equipment used is traceable to UKAS standards’.More Guidance here

 

  • Ensure your medical fridge is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, or extended warranty, to safeguard against costly breakdowns. TipRead 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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