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Reducing Cold Storage Noise in the Pharmacy

Posted on May 13, 2020 by Miranda Schroeder

Reducing Cold Storage Noise in the Pharmacy Updated

Hospitals across the country understand that managing noise levels in the professional healthcare environment are essential for a safe and healthy work environment. Many organizations are putting plans in place to enhance their care environment by lowering noise levels.

Choosing equipment which does not contribute to the noisy hospital environment is one step in the right direction. Studies show that dropping noise levels by simply 5 decibels is extremely noticeable to the human ear.

Cooling Technology & Noise Levels

For many years, conventional cooling technology has been used in medical-grade refrigeration. This approach uses forced-air refrigeration systems with fixed capacity compressors and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants.

Powerful forced-air systems contribute to uniform temperatures inside the storage area, however, systems that also utilize fixed capacity compressors and HFC coolants tend to consume more energy and create more noise than newer, alternative approaches.

Advances in Cold Storage

Technological advances, such as Helmer Scientific’s OptiCool™ cooling system, which incorporates both variable capacity compressor (VCC) technology and natural hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants, have now been developed to make it possible to achieve optimal temperature management while at the same time minimizing energy consumption, heat output, global warming potential, and sound pollution.



At 42dB, GX under counter professional medical-grade refrigerators are the equivalent of a quiet library. GX upright professional medical-grade refrigerators range from 42 to 50 dB.

  • 3x quieter than conventional medical-grade refrigerators
  • Can be placed in noise-sensitive areas such as the central pharmacy, patient rooms, and nursing stations without causing disruption
  • Less equipment noise means fewer distractions and a healthier working environment

Quiet Medical-grade Refrigerators

Choosing newer, quieter equipment can impact hospital noise levels and in return, patient satisfaction. Cold storage is a category that can be traditionally known for creating excess noise in patient care and staff work areas. GX Solutions from Helmer Scientific utilize the OptiCool™ cooling system, which incorporates both VCC technology and natural hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants resulting in much quieter operation.

Learn more about Helmer GX Solutions Refrigerators by following the link below.


Learn more about Helmer GX Solutions Refrigerators by following the link below.

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Miranda Schroeder

Written by Miranda Schroeder

Helmer designs, manufactures, and sells reliable medical-grade refrigeration. Miranda specializes in the pharmacy segment in regards to proper cold storage for refrigerated and frozen medications and vaccines.

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