Life Sciences & Healthcare Blog

With solid-state cooling technology, hospitals and laboratories are delivering quality patient care and meeting strict standards of compliance and safety. Solid-state refrigerators feature stable and uniform temperatures, so vaccines and medications can be stored safely on any shelf, with no “out of range” alarms. Phononic’s blog looks at how hospitals and labs can take advantage of this new technology to stay compliant and prioritize patient satisfaction.

USP <800>: The Simple Path to Refrigeration Compliance

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At the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear and Clinical Meeting earlier this month, Phononic joined over 25,000 pharmacy professionals seeking to expand their industry knowledge and insights. One of the key concerns of many attendees was USP <800> readiness, which isn’t exactly a surprise since the deadline for compliance (December 1, 2019) is… Read More

Freeze-Free Vaccine Protection: When No News is the Best News

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Whether it’s a compliance violation or the administration of potentially compromised vaccines, there are no secrets when it comes to patient safety in the media. Bad news spreads quickly and impacts patient satisfaction and the public’s perception of your facility. Just last month, a temperature mistake forced Walgreens to re-vaccinate approximately 350 SDSU students against… Read More

NICU Awareness Month: What We Learned

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September was Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month, an observance that honors families who have experienced a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and the health professionals who take care of them. To help raise NICU awareness and celebrate the month, Phononic encouraged nurses and parents to “share their stories”: their thoughts about and… Read More

Minimizing the Refrigerator Alarms that Disrupt Patient Care

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Temperature stability matters in any refrigerator but is an absolute necessity in laboratory and medical grade refrigerators. Unfortunately, many healthcare facilities are still using traditional compressor-based refrigerators, which often experience temperature fluctuations that can damage products, trigger alarms and work orders, and disrupt patient care. Even purpose-built laboratory refrigerators that are based on conventional compressor-based… Read More

Flu Vaccine Refrigeration: Improve Patients’ Safety and Reduce Your Risk

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It’s that time of year again. Summer is unofficially over, the kids are back to school, and flu season is just around the corner. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults and children older than six months receive a flu vaccine by the end of October 2018. Getting vaccinated before… Read More

The New NICU: Caring for the Entire Family

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During the past few decades, neonatal intensive care has shifted dramatically – from a system that primarily separated parents and their infants to one that facilitates early bonding and parental involvement. This concept of Family-Centered Care (FCC) takes various forms in different neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), but the end goal is always the same:… Read More

3 Ways Solid-State Refrigeration Can Help You Become (and Stay) USP <800> Compliant

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When you’re just starting to smell spring’s freshly bloomed flowers or enjoying your first ballpark hot dog of 2018, a date like December 1, 2019 can seem very far away. But if you’re in charge of cleanroom regulatory compliance, you know the USP <800> deadline will be here before you know it. Whether you’ve conducted… Read More

USP <800>: 3 Refrigeration Compliance FAQs

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As many healthcare systems begin to explore the detailed requirements of USP General Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings, they often have questions concerning refrigeration equipment, placement of refrigeration, ventilation and other specifics. Here are the answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions about refrigeration-related compliance with USP <800>…. Read More

USP <800>: Is your Refrigerator Putting your Compliance at Risk?

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Although the deadline for USP <800> compliance was pushed back to 2019, many healthcare systems are already well into their preparations to meet the new standards. If you’re not as far along as you planned to be at this point, it can be overwhelming to think about every aspect of your drug handling and storage… Read More

Why Sustainability Should Be a No-Brainer for Your Business

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In the past, sustainability was often an initiative met with hesitation from corporate boards and executives, as it had a reputation for costing more than the perceived value of its benefits. However, embracing a sustainable business culture can actually result in significant cost savings and competitive advantages. A recent survey from McKinsey shows that many… Read More