Vaccine Monitoring Thermometers from PharmaSystems
PharmaSystems is proud to be the Canadian source for pharmacy supplies. In addition to offering exceptional quality products, our customer service includes notifications and information on changing Canadian pharmacy requirements.
With the Flu shot in great demand now that we are back in cough and cold season, we would like to know how your pharmacy is monitoring vaccines? Does your current practice meet the national requirements?
We have developed the following checklist as an easy-to-use guide to see if your current methods meet the minimum requirements:
- The National Vaccine Storage and Handling Guidelines (2007), as well as many provincial guidelines, require manual documentation of vaccine temperatures, where the: current temperature, minimum and maximum refrigerator temperatures, and the ambient room temperature must be recorded at the beginning and end of each day (min/ max temperatures must be reset after each recording) – log templates are available, refer to the guidelines, or contact us for assistance
- The digital display should be placed on the outside of the refrigerator (Ontario requires a display with a minimum resolution of 0.1° C), with the probe in the centre of the refrigerator (preferably in a vaccine box)
- Bottle probes (bio-safe glycol fluid bottle probes) are recommended for a more accurate reading
- Reset button required to reset the minimum and maximum temperature after each recording
- Thermometers should be set to alarm if temperatures fall to 3°C or rise to 7°C to signify approaching out of range
- Thermometers should be checked for calibration at least annually, and should be calibrated within ±1°C of accuracy (±0.5°C for Saskatchewan)
- Thermometers should have a low battery indicator, and batteries should be replaced every 6 months