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IoT in Pharmacies' Refrigerators Ensures Compliance and Minimizes Patient Risk
The adoption of an Internet of Things platform can allow hospitals and pharmacies to keep patients safe and avoid fines.
Jul 01, 2018—
Pharmacies, both in retail and hospital locations, have to store for use many drugs and vaccines that must be maintained at a very specific temperature to ensure they retain effectiveness and regulatory compliance. These pharmaceuticals are often stored in small, self-contained refrigerators of varying quality, yet they maintain safe temperatures of important and valuable life-saving medications. The consequences to patient well-being, as well as the potential for regulatory fines, if they are not effectively operating can be severe.
Pharmacies are incredibly busy places and these refrigerators' doors are opened dozens of times per day by a range of personnel. Pharmacy personnel's focus on quickly and accurately filling a prescription can cause them to not notice whether the door is properly closed or if the inside temperature is at the right level.
Aside from using small refrigerators with varying levels of quality, there are other actions that contribute to potential issues:
• Accidental mishandling, such as leaving the door ajar or unplugging from the power source
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