Refrigerators & Freezers

State of Laboratory Technology 2019 - Vol.8 No. 10 - Page #18

The implementation of medical-grade refrigerators and freezers is on the rise in clinical laboratories of all sizes. And while there can be great variation in the clinical scope of need for advanced refrigeration devices, it is likely that all clinical labs can benefit from the modern conveniences these devices provide. Strict and consistent temperature control is critical to numerous laboratory functions, and as medical-grade refrigeration becomes more common throughout the lab, it is encouraging to see this technology garner high satisfaction ratings. A strong majority of facilities (89%) rate their refrigeration technology as excellent or good.

The number of facilities using medical-grade refrigeration exclusively continues to rise—reaching 41% this year, up from 36% last year.

Medical-grade refrigeration purchases are occurring across all facility sizes.

After a small downtick in 2018, exclusive use of medical-grade refrigeration continues its upward ascent.

Laboratory directors assign particularly strong satisfaction ratings to their refrigeration vendors.

Acquisition in this area will remain brisk, with 41% of facilities indicating their intent to acquire new devices in the near future.

Helmer Scientific and Thermo Fisher Scientific enjoy substantial representation in the clinical lab, but this remains a busy market, with Follett, Medline, and Nor-Lake also well represented.

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