A recent news story about a Lebanon N.H. Hospital’s mishandling of their vaccine storage, which resulted on eight hundred children being revaccinated, is a travesty that could have easily been prevented.
According to the story by Rick Jurgens, Valley News staff writer, “letters sent to parents revealed that ’unsafe temperatures in storage refrigerators during a 14 month period that ended on October 2015 may have rendered some vaccines ineffective, leaving some children vulnerable to otherwise preventable diseases.’” (Read the full story here)
What makes this, and situations like it, heartbreaking is how easily this could have been avoided. One parent remarked that “It wasn’t their fault. “Things malfunction.” Yes, machinery malfunctions from time to time. While it may not have been anyone’s fault, per se, it was quite preventable.
With services like Aegis Remote Temperature Monitoring it is possible to know, at all times, the condition of any vaccine or refrigerated product anywhere in your organization.
Aegis Remote Temperature Monitoring provides wireless remote monitoring 24/7 and can be accessed using any WiFi connected web enabled device, anywhere, at any time.
Had the hospital in question, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, been using a vaccine monitoring service like Aegis Remote Temperature Monitoring, any number of levels of staff and supervisory personnel would have been notified the moment their refrigeration went out of the required range, not months later as was the case.
The hardship on the parents, health risks to the children and damage to the hospital’s reputation are reason enough to install remote temperature monitoring for vaccines, not to mention the replacement cost of the ruined vaccines.
To learn more about protecting your vaccines and other valuable products with “round-the-clock” Aegis Remote Temperature Monitoring, please call or email us today. Don’t let your facility become tomorrow’s news disaster.