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The Essential Monitoring Requirements of Test Reagents

Unexpected flaws in refrigeration equipment and changes in laboratory air and humidity levels are issues capable of damaging reagents and equipment which is vital to the testing process, even with only a slight variation in parameters. These potential alterations require dedicated monitoring processes and safeguards to meet international medical laboratory standards (such as ISO15189) to ensure accurate patient results.

Important testing reagents are either stored in fridges between 2 and 8 °C and freezers ranging from -20 to -80 °C; or at room temperature, which all needed to be monitored as part of a centralized, comprehensive system.

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Making the Choice to Protect Reagent Integrity

“We liked that it would be measuring all the time, 24/7 and provides a great audit trail proving compliance to specific temperature/humidity requirements at any point in time. The fact that it is automated also means that we do not have to have staff taking readings, [so] we don’t risk missing readings on busy days.” Keeley Monsen explained after her initial positive review of the technology.

Oncologica® had previously found that handheld calibrated temperature probes or reading the front of instruments required a staff member to manually check the instrument at specific times each day and did not provide the true temperature of the contents. Nor did it account for human error, and thereby wasted a great deal of staff time.

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The Solution

The Hanwell IceSpy solution solved these issues and offered the team peace of mind through its invaluable 24/7 wireless monitoring. The system not only provided access to real-time temperature monitoring data and an audit trail without the hassle of manual interception, but it also provided the utility of custom alarms for parameter boundaries. This superior method allows effective action to be taken quickly when boundaries are breached, preventing a loss of materials, while promoting a safer and more efficient way of monitoring data over an extended period.

The innovative system was chosen to replace manual readings due to staff members recalling the product positively from previous work environments. It is seen as a vital upgrade for monitoring efficiency and reagent safety.

In this Case we Used…

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Hanwell IceSpy

Hanwell IceSpy wireless transmitters were the perfect solution for Oncologica, who needed to measure varying parameters flexibly and reliably. Using the Hanwell IceSpy Network Receiver, data became live, wirelessly transferable 24/7 for Oncologica who were looking to  avoid the errors that are prevalent with manual readings.

 

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EMS - Environmental Monitoring Software

The advanced yet simple-to-use interface of Ellab’s EMS provided Oncologica with a centralised system capable of providing the audit trail they required to maintain international medical standards. The real-time temperature monitoring data saved staff time and guaranteed reagent safety with its comprehensive alarm system.

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Company Values

Oncologica told us that the members of the Ellab team they interacted with were highly valued throughout the entire process, maintaining contact and providing support from the very first enquiry. As a business local to Ellab UK, Oncologica appreciated that the sales team were quick to respond, and were able to make the process of purchase and installation go very smoothly.

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