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.

Four Reasons to Consider Solid-State Freezers for Your Research or Healthcare Facility

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At most research or healthcare facilities, the medical freezer setup involves of a bank of large freezers in one storage room and/or a few undercounter freezers at select workbenches. They are typically shared storage areas, with frequent openings and closings from various researchers or employees throughout the day. This traditional freezer arrangement works … but… Read More

Flu Activity is on the Rise: Is your Vaccine Storage up to Par?

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While the 2018-19 flu season appears to be mild (so far), compared to last year’s epidemic that killed 80,000 Americans, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and doctors are urging people to get their flu vaccines if they haven’t already done so. Health officials recently announced that flu activity is increasing rapidly… Read More

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