CDC Vaccine Storage: Helping you Meet the Guidelines

Posted on Jul 08, 2020 by Miranda Schroeder

Storage at manufacturer recommended temperatures is essential for maintaining vaccine efficacy. Loss of potency can result from exposure to excessive heat, cold, and/or light. Once potency is lost, it cannot be regained. Administering ineffective vaccine puts patient and...

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Reducing Noise in the Blood Bank with GX Solutions

Posted on Jun 30, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Blood banks can be noisy environments. With constant background noise from various pieces of equipment, plus different alarm tones and pagers activating inside the laboratory, the sound level can create challenges for staff. 

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How Clinical Labs Can Save Energy and Reduce Cost with GX Solutions Refrigerators

Posted on Jun 24, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Temperature-sensitive patient samples and reagents must be safeguarded to ensure accurate test results, support regulatory compliance, and prevent financial losses. Advances in refrigeration technology have now made it possible for clinical laboratories to protect their...

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Healthcare Providers Prepare for a Huge Push of Flu Vaccinations this Fall

Posted on Jun 23, 2020 by Miranda Schroeder

Whether you’re a primary care physician, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care professional (HCP), you play a significant role in helping protect your patients against influenza. Experts predict a huge push for influenza vaccinations this fall to help curb the thousands of...

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Donations Needed to Support the U.S. Blood Supply

Posted on Jun 18, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the blood supply dropped to a critical level. At that time, the blood community issued public statements encouraging eligible individuals to donate. Thanks to a strong response from the public, the blood supply was replenished...

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Medical-grade Refrigerators: What Makes Them Different?

Posted on Jun 16, 2020 by Miranda Schroeder

Healthcare facilities are under increased pressure to ensure consistent and reliable refrigeration for the storage of temperature sensitive medications, vaccines, reagents, and patient samples. There are significant implications when a refrigerator used for clinical...

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How to Select Laboratory Refrigerators for COVID-19 Testing

Posted on Jun 11, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Since the early days of the pandemic, laboratories have had to build their testing capacity for COVID-19. As the need for increased testing continues, labs have been presented with multiple challenges, including concerns about the accuracy of results.

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Remdesivir Clinical Trials are Underway

Posted on Jun 09, 2020 by Miranda Schroeder

Two hospitals local to Helmer Scientific are currently participating in Remdesivir clinical trials for the treatment of COVID-19. The drug has recently been made available for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in the United States after a placebo-controlled trial conducted by...

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How to Select a System for Thawing Convalescent Plasma

Posted on Jun 04, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma, or CCP, is being transfused as an investigational therapy for patients fighting the novel coronavirus. While its efficacy has not yet been determined, a small study recently indicated it is showing promise as a treatment option.

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Medical-grade Refrigerator Trends in Central Pharmacy and Nursing Units

Posted on Jun 02, 2020 by Miranda Schroeder

Medical-grade refrigerator adoption continues to climb. According to a recent Pharmacy Purchasing and Products (PP&P) survey of US Pharmacy Directors, pharmacies will be expanding the number of units purchased for clean rooms, central pharmacy, and nursing units over the next...

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