Medical and Laboratory Refrigerators
Medical refrigerators are built according to stringent guidelines that are specifically required by laboratories, pharmacies and other medical, clinical and scientific applications. Similarly, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommendations on how the unit’s security and hygienic environment can be assured. Particular units are manufactured to an extremely high standard so the control of exact temperature range and humidity percentage is established and monitored.
This is important because the validity of laboratory test results, scientific analysis and the integrity of some substances are entirely dependent upon the temperature at which stored. Without the ability to confirm that the temperature zone, as well as security of contents, was properly attained, there will be inconsistencies in the findings and results. In many cases, this could have a detrimental effect on the health of those who depend on these results.
Where They Are Needed
Medical Refrigerators are made with keen attention to quality and durability. These appliances safeguard medical facilities, including pharmacies and laboratories, while they provide excellent health care and disease prevention to the public. Supplies of vaccinations, for instance, must be held in a protected, temperature controlled environment. Many medical refrigerators are capable of meeting those requirements and also monitoring the conditions. The can even sound an alarm if there is an instance when the temperature zone or security is compromised. These are specialized features that are offered in order to store blood samples, tissue samples, blood for use during transfusions and temperature sensitive materials used in some industrial processes.
Of the several types of medical refrigerators, consider the pharmacy refrigerator’s features. This type of refrigerator usually has a glass front door for quick access to inventory of contents in a busy prescription dispensing environment. Pharmacy refrigerators are also available with a freezer section and a simple to read digital temperature display. Several other features include a keyed door lock to ensure protection of contents at all times, only granting access to authorized personnel. And a magnetic gasket upgrade is available to facilitate a positive seal.
Another application for medical refrigerators is the chromatography refrigerator. Chromatography instrumentation is used to analyze the makeup of a compound. Chromatography refrigerators are specifically built to allow access to the sensitive chromatography instrumentation on the refrigerator shelves while maintaining the necessary temperature control during the process. The chamber of the fridge is designed to accommodate the special chromatography apparatus.
A data logger can be purchase as an accessory option on some medical refrigerators. The data logger electronically records thousands of temperature readings, effectively showing a record of any time periods when the temperature zone was breached. This gives the facility proof of compliance and also a history of any times if and when there was a failure.
In facilities where only a small sized fridge is required or space is limited, the more compact undercounter medical refrigerator is available. It can built-in to the countertop because, with a front facing vent, this unit does not require air space for circulation at the sides and back. It is offered with either basic temperature control or more regulated and monitored control for the most critical conditions.
Choosing the Right Unit for Your Purposes
There are a vast number of medical refrigerator styles, so you’re sure to find one with features that are ideal for your needs. Whether you need to store a large or a minimal quantity of contents, there are models in a range of sizes that give you the maximum possible control of temperature. You’ll have the ability to successfully control and monitor temperature according to the requirements of your facility.