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Purpose Built Vaccine Refrigerators

Vaccine Refrigerator ControllerNEVER store vaccines in a bar fridge

Domestic refrigerators have numerous disadvantages when it comes to storing vaccines, some of which are very serious, including:

  • They are frequently incapable of complying with the 2-8oC temperature range required for optimal vaccine storage. If the temperature drops to 0oC the vaccines can be frozen rendering them impotent. Elevated temperatures can also make the vaccines impotent. This could lead to patients been given vaccines that won't protect them, and/or you have to discard thousands of dollars worth of vaccines.
  • Cyclic defrost refrigerators are not recommended as they have wide temperature fluctuations and heating cycles.
  • Bar refrigerators are strongly not recommended because of the risk of freezing, wide temperature fluctuations and susceptibility to ambient temperature.
  • Most domestic refrigerators are not fan forced and have poor temperature recovery after the door has been opened. 

 

Vaccine Refrigerator Controller
Vaccine refrigerators closely control temperatures and will alarm if the temperature goes out of specifications. They also record minimum and maximum temperatures.
Vaccine Refrigerator Lock
Vaccine refrigerators all have locks

Purpose built vaccine refigerators like the ones that  ENLAKE sells offer numerous advantages including:

  • Management of a purpose-built vaccine refrigerator is simpler than for a domestic fridge.
  • Temperatures are maintained in the 2oC to 8oC range. This minimises the risk of vaccines being stored outside the recommended temperature range and becoming impotent. 
  • The temperature within a purpose-built vaccine fridge is similar throughout the whole fridge. This is achieved by careful management of airflow and the positioning of the evaporator and shelves.
  • Vaccine refrigerators have good temperature recovery after a door has been opened. This is because they use larger compressors
  • There is more usable space for storing vaccines as there is no need to stack low drawers and the doors with ice/gel packs and water/saltwater bottles as is recommended for domestic fridges.
  • Other temperature sensitive medical products such pharmaceuticals may be stored in a vaccine refrigerator.
  • External temperature display with minimum and maximum values aids compliance.
  • A vaccine refrigerator will alarm when minimum or maximum temperatures are breached.
  • A vaccine refrigerator will automatically defrost, whilst maintaining a 2oC to 8oC temperature range.
  • A vaccine refrigerators will have a lockable door.
  • Vaccine refrigerators are available with glass doors.
  • A vaccine refrigerator will meet medical accreditation requirements.
  • The Pharmacy Guild requires accredited pharmacists to have purpose built vaccine refrigerator. All but the large volume pharmacy/vaccine refrigerators sold by ENLAKE meet are Quality Care Pharmacy Program approved. The larger fridges still meet the requirements but need to have the temperature inside the fridge logged and approved by the Pharmacy Guild before the fridge can be stocked.
Vaccine refrigerators are all Quality Care Pharmacy Program Approved
Vaccine refrigerators are all
Quality Care Pharmacy Program Approved