VFC Program Increases Access, Improves Community Health

Posted on Jan 31, 2023 by Brandon Russell

One of the primary vaccine administration programs designed to increase access and uptake of vaccines is the entitlement program Vaccines for Children (VFC).  

The VFC program was launched after a measles outbreak in the early 1990s, when it was determined more than half of the...

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Survey: Clinical Labs Expanding Use of Medical-Grade Refrigeration

Posted on Jan 24, 2023 by Colleen Holtkamp

Clinical labs store temperature-sensitive specimens, reagents, and controls. To ensure accurate test results, it’s important for these materials to be stored within the correct temperature range. The use of medical-grade cold storage specifically designed for this purpose...

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Current Shortages Amplify Importance of Reducing Drug Waste

Posted on Jan 17, 2023 by Brandon Russell

As of January 2023, there are 230 entries on the ASHP’s Current Drug Shortage Bulletin. While drug shortages are not a new phenomenon, visibility into current shortages is increased because of the drugs on the list and the populations most directly impacted. 

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Giving = Living: Donations Needed During National Blood Donor Month

Posted on Jan 10, 2023 by Colleen Holtkamp

Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood for surgeries, cancer treatments, childbirth, anemia, serious injuries, blood disorders, and more. Giving blood is crucial to saving lives and making sure blood is available for patients when it’s needed.

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Bivalent Vaccines Provide Protection in 'Tripledemic'

Posted on Jan 03, 2023 by Brandon Russell

It’s been nearly three years since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States. Since then, the country has seen nearly one hundred million confirmed cases and more than one million fatalities due to the virus. 

Since the implementation of COVID-19 vaccines in...

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Best of 2022: Blood Bank & Clinical Lab

Posted on Dec 20, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

As we approach the end of 2022, the Helmer Scientific team looked back at our blogs from the past year and compiled a list of the top blood bank and clinical lab posts.

Popular topics included the importance of reliable temperature-controlled storage, how climate change impacts...

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Best of 2022: Pharmacy and Vaccine Storage

Posted on Dec 13, 2022 by Brandon Russell

As we approach the end of the year, the Helmer Scientific team took an opportunity to look back at the blogs from this year. We have compiled a list of the top 10 pharmacy and vaccine-related posts from 2022.

Topics include updated regulatory requirements, ongoing support for...

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Staffing Challenges Emphasize Need for Reliable Cold Storage Equipment

Posted on Dec 06, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

The workforce shortage of clinical laboratory professionals is an issue that has developed over many years and continues to become more severe. There are several factors that have contributed to this crisis, including a high rate of retirements with not enough new medical...

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Pass-Thru Refrigerators Provide Efficiency in Sterile Compounding Environments

Posted on Nov 29, 2022 by Brandon Russell

Pharmacists who carry out sterile compounding are no strangers to the stringent garbing and sterilization requirements required by USP General Chapter <797>. While USP <797> is the universally accepted guideline for cleanroom garbing requirements, state pharmacy board...

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2- to 3-Day Blood Supply Has Become the New Normal

Posted on Nov 15, 2022 by Colleen Holtkamp

For more than two years, the blood bank community has faced unprecedented challenges to the blood supply. Maintaining an adequate blood supply is not easy even during the best of times. Then COVID-19 disrupted collections throughout the pandemic, and staffing difficulties have...

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