Temperature Monitoring Usage Trends

July/August 2020 - Vol.9 No. 7 - Page #6

Maintaining a variety of laboratory products within closely defined temperature ranges is imperative for quality analysis. The ability to measure, monitor, and control storage temperatures for transportation and temporary storage containers is likewise imperative. Attention to the preanalytical environment must be acute, including rigorous temperature control measures, in order to avoid the unwitting transportation of errors or compromised samples through the clinical workflow.

Furthermore, measurement and monitoring programs should maintain a close accounting of temperatures within the clinical laboratory. Such programs can fade into the background and discipline may become lax, but in the event of an unexpected power outage or regulatory inspection, deficiencies in temperature monitoring, control, and documentation can be detrimental. An unstable or unaccountable temperature monitoring process places the laboratory at risk for significant product losses (ie, financial losses), as well as compromised patient samples; a risk no clinical facility can afford to bear. Accordingly, investments in robust and comprehensive temperature monitoring systems are essential for peace of mind.

One in five facilities plans to acquire a new temperature monitoring system in the near future.

While 25% of facilities rate their temperature monitoring systems as excellent, a nearly equal 28% are merely satisfied, if not disappointed in their systems, indicating room for an improved customer experience.

A substantial 69% of facilities intending to implement a new system plan to do so within the next 3 years.

Rees Scientific, Cooper-Atkins, and Helmer Scientific lead a busy market with a multitude of vendor options.

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Just over 20% of all facilities are planning to purchase a temperature monitoring system, and these planned purchases are not impacted by facility size.

Thermo Fisher Scientific demonstrates a strong showing among vendors under consideration; several other companies, including Helmer, Rees, Digi International, Traceable Products, and Johnson Controls are also all well represented.

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