The Importance of Using Monitored Storage Devices for COVID-19 Test Kits

Posted on Mar 02, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

Storing diagnostic test kits within the correct temperature range is important for ensuring accurate test results. Each test comes with manufacturer’s Instructions for Use (IFU) that defines the storage requirements for the kit. When refrigerated or frozen storage is...

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Infographic: Safeguard Platelets with Innovative AdvanceCore™ Technology

Posted on Feb 25, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on blood establishments around the world. The transfusion medicine community is responding to fluctuating patterns of demand and reduced donations as the pandemic has led to the cancellation of many blood drives. Winter weather...

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Rising to the challenge to support COVID-19 vaccine cold storage

Posted on Feb 23, 2021 by Kristen Yawit

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, the demand for reliable cold storage does too. Currently, there are two vaccines approved for emergency use. The Pfizer vaccine requires storage at ultra-low temperatures, -70°C, and the Moderna vaccine requires storage in a freezer...

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EUA for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Revised to Reflect New Data

Posted on Feb 18, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revised its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP). The updates were made following an evaluation of the latest scientific data.

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Medical-Grade Refrigeration Purchasing Expanding Outside of Central Pharmacy

Posted on Feb 16, 2021 by Kristen Yawit

Medical-grade refrigeration has been utilized by central pharmacies for years. Pharmacists have relied on these purpose-built units to safeguard medications and vaccines. As the COVID-19 pandemic began, focus shifted to proper cold storage for test samples and now for the...

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Prevent Unauthorized Entry into Storage Devices with i.C3® Access Control

Posted on Feb 11, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

In certain scenarios it is important to control who can open the door and access the contents of a temperature-controlled storage device. For these situations, Helmer Scientific offers Access Control functionality. When a storage device is equipped with access control, an...

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Helmer Custom Products for Pharmacy

Posted on Feb 09, 2021 by Kristen Yawit

Helmer Custom Products Division combines our expertise with temperature-controlled storage and competencies in integrations, software, design, testing / validation, and manufacturing to evaluate and build custom solutions to meet the unique needs of our customers.

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Emerging Standards for Vaccine Storage in 2021

Posted on Feb 04, 2021 by Kristen Yawit

The CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit provides vaccine providers with guidelines and recommendations for the proper storage of vaccines. The CDC recommends using purpose-built units with a digital data logger to safeguard vaccines. A recently added addendum and a...

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Survey: Clinical Laboratories Continue to Implement Medical-Grade Refrigeration

Posted on Feb 02, 2021 by Colleen Holtkamp

For clinical labs, the use of refrigeration designed specifically for storing temperature-sensitive patient specimens and reagents is important for safeguarding their integrity. Storage within the correct temperature range helps ensure accurate test results, supports...

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USP<797>/<800> Status and Cold Storage Implications

Posted on Jan 28, 2021 by Kristen Yawit

Since receiving appeals in 2019, implementation of revisions to USP <797> have been postponed until further notice. The revisions were initially published in June of 2019, and in accordance with USP’s formal appeals process, stakeholders who submitted appeals on the...

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