Temperature Monitoring


November 2020 - Vol. 9 No. 10 - Page #48

The value of medical-grade temperature control and comprehensive temperature monitoring easily can fade into the background until an unexpected event (such as a power failure), or an expected event (such as an accreditation inspection) brings it to light. As hospital laboratories grow in scope and physical size, tightly maintaining certain temperatures becomes critical for the insurance of blood products, and reagent and specimen integrity. Further, failure to properly monitor and document temperatures places the lab at risk for significant product and financial losses, not to mention increased regulatory scrutiny. Thus, the investment in a robust temperature management system is essential.


A positive 59% of facilities are now utilizing an automated temperature monitoring system.


An automated temperature monitoring system is essential regardless of facility size, and this value is recognized accordingly.


Several companies, including Cooper-Atkins, Rees Scientific, Thermo Fisher Scientific, SensoScientific, Stanley, and Helmer Scientific, are well represented among the vendor systems in use.

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Automated temperature monitoring systems enjoy particularly strong ratings. With 98% of users satisfied with their vendor, these systems engender strong customer loyalty.


Some facilities are still looking for the right automated solution, but most are holding off on immediate plans to acquire new systems.


While all facility sizes are looking to add a new temperature monitoring system, larger (200+ bed) facilities are leading the charge.


Seven out of 10 facilities planning to implement a new system will do so within the next 3 years.

 

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