Published: 30th Apr 2021
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) recently published a list of common medicines pitfalls in the shape of FAQs. On the list was a section dealing with issues commonly encountered with temperature monitoring.
The College pointed out that in 47% of Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) assessments, the assessors found that there was lack of evidence of temperature monitoring for medicines.
The RCVS underlined the following stipulations:-
- Medicines need to be stored at the correct temperature in accordance with the Summary of Product Characteristics.
- Where medicines are to be stored at ambient room temperature, the temperature should be kept between 8°C and 25°C and should be monitored.
- Medicines such as vaccines and insulin need to be refrigerated between 2°C and 8°C. They should only be removed from the refrigerator for immediate use.
- Fridge temperatures should be monitored daily, ideally by the same person, and the results logged, or if monitored by using an electronic data logger these should be alarmed, the alarm checked daily to make sure it has stayed within range and the data downloaded weekly.
- A written standard operating procedure should be in place, detailing the actions to be taken should the temperatures fluctuate outside the recommended limits.
How RemoteM can help
The RemoteM monitoring system matches these requirements exactly, and adds a number of additional benefits.
- Firstly, temperature data recording is totally automated and reliable, and does not require a member of staff to spend time checking fridges or data loggers.
- Secondly, the system incorporates an alert facility routed via text, SMS and/or telephone call to draw attention to any fluctuation in temperature, 24/7. It's working when you're not there.
- All readings are stored in the cloud and can be downloaded in the form of accurate reports for the purpose of PSS assessments or other regulatory requirements.
- RemoteM can be set to your own parameters and works in fridges, freezers and ambient storerooms.
- There's also an 'in transit' option to ensure that medicines transported in cars and other vehicles can be monitored to ensure their integrity.
- It's a quick and easy 'plug and play' system with no upfront capital investment and low monthly running costs. For some veterinary practices, having RemoteM installed has reduced their insurance premiums.
See how it's working for one veterinary practice: Dalehead Veterinary Group case study