Ensuring temperatures for cold chain storage are being maintained at the correct level around the clock is vital for vets, according to the business director at Paragon Veterinary Group, a leading Cumbrian practice.
The earlier a problem is identified the quicker it can be rectified to prevent catastrophic pharmaceutical refrigerator failures and product spoilage, which could run into tens of thousands of pounds. That’s why Paragon turned to the latest wireless environmental monitoring technology from Hanwell Solutions.
Needing more live monitoring and a warning system that would function 24/7, even when staff were not in the buildings, Paragon chose Hanwell’s Notion Lite system for accurate, real-time monitoring for the Group’s pharmaceutical fridges.
Paragon, a multi-discipline, multi-centred practice with 18 veterinary surgeons supplying services to companion, equine and farm animals, were using temperature Data Loggers but found these to be potentially retrospective.
A simple plug and play wireless solution with easy-access audit ready reports, Hanwell’s Notion Lite base units, each with internal transmitters, are now keeping tabs on the pharmaceutical fridge temperatures in both of Paragon’s premises, ensuring product safety and regulatory compliance.
Bruce Richards BVSc DBR MRCVS, Business Director at Paragon, says cold chain storage is crucial for his practice in the delivery of patient care. Accurate, real-time monitoring of refrigerator temperatures can save the day in the event of potential incidents such as power cuts, fridge failures or doors left open.
He said: “Product reliability and efficacy is of utmost importance to our patients, their owners and us. As a veterinary business, storage of cold chain product is something we take seriously. This is the first time we have invested in this temperature monitoring technology. We did consider other options but after feedback from colleagues in other veterinary practices chose Notion Lite.”
Notion Lite offers users a cost-effective solution to wireless temperature monitoring for up to 30 fridges or freezers, records and stores a critical log of historical temperature data, sends out warnings (email and SMS) to multiple users and triggers an audible alarm whenever any user-set thresholds are exceeded, providing ultimate peace of mind.
Competitors use Wifi technology, which is simply not as reliable. Hanwell, the UK’s leading manufacturer of wireless environmental monitoring equipment, is renowned in particular for its leadership, designing and manufacturing of British-engineered solutions which are vital in helping vets to meet the practice standards of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
The company’s philosophy of keeping all design and manufacturing in-house in the UK enables the team to rapidly respond to ever-changing requirements, particularly those driven by legislation. Effective reporting not only helps to avoid disasters but also provides easy proof that products were stored, processed and displayed under the correct conditions.
Regulation is a driver for improvement so monitoring cold storage solutions every minute, 24/7, 365 days a year provides an extra layer of protection for pharmaceutical products and any other temperature sensitive items.