Temperature controlled storage is extremely important for many pharmaceutical inventories such as drugs, vaccines and blood samples which need to be stored within certain narrow temperature bands in order to remain usable. Any compromise in the quality of stored inventory can have severe impacts on the health of patients at the facility which means many healthcare providers spend a lot of time ensuring the security and quality of their pharmaceutical cold chains.
Pharmaceutical and hospital fridges are available in a wide range of sizes from small cabinets to large walk-in cold rooms and cold stores. Storage capacities are typically given in terms of standard pallet sizes, with typical medical cold storage ranging in capacity from 4 to 20 pallets. Larger capacities are also available. We will even offer custom built solutions which can store up to many hundreds of pallets with additional options such as tailored access points, extra width for easier stock access, and additional remote monitoring to ensure the required conditions are maintained.
Environmental factors are also critical for the safe storage of medicines and samples, including ambient humidity and even air pressure as well as temperature. Some substances will be unusable if there is even a single centigrade of variation in temperature, so intensive monitoring and quality control is critical.
A well-made pharmaceutical cold store will include at least one, maybe two fully independent refrigeration units that will act as backup for each other. Most will also include at least a basic alarm system, digital readout and possibly even a third refrigeration unit for additional redundancy.
Many hospitals and emergency facilities may also choose to connect their external cold stores to independent power sources or backup generators in case there is a power failure on the main grid and backups cannot be moved into place by other means rapidly enough to ensure that temperature sensitive goods are not compromised.
Our typical pharmaceutical storage solutions are between 0/+10 degrees and -15/-40 degrees.