Tracking temperature isn’t just important when a person is sick. A number of industries, including the agriculture, food, and beverage fields, rely on temperature monitoring preserve quality and ensure consumer safety. But one industry is especially reliant on temperature tracking and consistency: medical.
Striking the Perfect Balance
The medical industry depends on temperature tracking tools for various applications. For example, the effectiveness of temperature sensitive medications relies on proper warming and cooling within their storage spaces. If stored incorrectly, patients can become increasingly ill instead of improving when given a certain medication.
Temperature is also a considerable factor in the effectiveness of defibrillators; the cabinets in which this equipment is stored are temperature controlled with a heating or cooling mechanism powered by a main power source to ensure temperature consistency and subsequent device functionality. A digital temperature display allows users to constantly monitor the conditions inside the cabinet. AED manufacturers agree that the devices shouldn’t be stored or used in temperatures below 32°F.
Ultrasound equipment, MRI equipment, medical laser cooling, and other diagnostic and analytical instrumentation all require temperature controls, as well. Ultrasound systems contain a cooling subsystem for removing heat from the ultrasound probe. The cooling subsystem consists of a pump within a reservoir, which contains a coolant configured to circulate the coolant through the probe via a conduit.
MRI environments also contain a cooling system that monitors the temperature of the return air flow and adjusts the supply air flow to maintain the desired temperature within the scan room. As a result, it ensures that the patient enjoys a stable, comfortable temperature during their procedures.
Respiratory equipment, such as a mechanical ventilator system, contains fans to deliver adequate cooling. Since ventilators are needed to sustain life, it’s imperative that they perform reliably and optimally at all times, especially in this application. Finally, long-term bedridden patients must have mattresses capable of circulating air in order to prevent pressure sores and other health risks.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the products that are stored or used with these cooling solutions, using especially rigorous standards when dealing with medication storage.
Several tests are run to decide where medications should be stored and the specific conditions for safe storage of each. Medical laboratories and clean rooms also must follow strict temperature controls, especially those that house tissue samples used to diagnose disease. The proper storage solutions are necessary to ensure tissue samples are not compromised.
Temperature controllers are essential in medical technologies, not only to keep pharmaceuticals safe and effective, but also to keep diagnostic equipment and life-preserving machines working properly, reliably, and efficiently.