Remote Temperature Monitoring – Keeping patients safe one degree at a time
Nursing units rely on a stand-alone digital thermometer and a paper log to document the temperature of fridges and freezers daily. These devices are required to maintain the temperature of breast milk, patient food, medication, blood and specimens. As the temperature is recorded only once or twice daily, any excursions may be missed and there is the risk of using items which have “gone bad.”
Non-procedural areas (i.e., blood banks, labs and pharmacy) utilize more intricate systems for temperature monitoring and end up with multiple systems from various device manufacturers. Different hospitals/campuses have varying standards, and this leaves us open to citation from the various regulatory bodies. Some departments purchase non-medical grade fridges which do not maintain their temperature.