Temperature Monitoring and Vaccines

Temperature-Monitoring and Vaccines

Vaccines are the need of the hour today in a world that is teetering under the coronavirus pandemic.
Indeed, the race to develop, distribute and administer vaccinations around the globe is currently
progressing at a lightning pace, especially when the possibility to prevent further deaths, revive dying
economies, and reclaim normal lifestyles hang in the balance. However, their success mainly depends on
proper storage and handling. Here is where temperature-monitoring comes into place.

What is temperature-monitoring and why is it important for the storage of vaccines?

Temperature-monitoring systems capture temperature data of an area via a probe or sensor. Vaccines
are fragile and must be stored properly from the time they are manufactured until the time they are
administered in a certain temperature range which varies according to their type. Exposure to
temperature fluctuations or multiple temperature excursions can damage the vaccines and adversely
affect their potency, resulting in huge financial losses and the risk of patient contamination. To safeguard
them and ensure their safe delivery, a robust temperature-monitoring system is an absolute
requirement.

Why is it a huge challenge?

If we take the current Covid-19 pandemic into account, the scale of vaccine distribution itself is one of
the enormous proportions – companies will not only have to make millions of doses but also maintain them
at regulated cold temperatures all through their journeys from the factory to hospitals to drug distribution
centers. A decade ago, temperature-monitoring of vaccines was done manually, a time-consuming
the process with a high risk of error especially when one would need to open the storage unit for a
temperature check and inevitably alter the integrity of the vaccine inside. But with today’s technological
advancements, this challenge can be mitigated through several innovative ways including the internet-
connected temperature-monitoring systems.

What is the advantage of IoT temperature-monitoring sensors?

Automated IoT sensors can sit inside a freezer or a transport unit and continuously monitor the
temperature, negating the need to physically open the unit for a check.
The temperature data can be continuously transmitted to pharmaceutical companies and storage
handlers, allowing them to make note of any event that compromises the integrity of the
product and instantly make corrections from afar.

The temperature records can be backed-up and downloaded for posterity, available at a click of
a button, thereby doing away with the traditional pen, paper, and clipboard method, saving a
a whole lot of time.

IoT temperature-monitoring systems are no doubt a goldmine for meeting the current challenges of
efficient vaccine distribution and will only continue to expand its industry as more and more vaccines get
developed in the future.

Thingstel’s next-generation temperature sensors with increased intelligence, reliability, and improved
accuracy specifications are easy-to-use and come fully-calibrated with a temperature-compensated
digital output. You can always reach out to us in case you have any questions or simply want to know
more!

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