The US healthcare industry is facing currently facing an unprecedented test, taking on record numbers of patients amidst the challenging conditions that come with a pandemic. While we have already covered the importance of temporary climate solutions for field hospitals and other temporary medical spaces, the healthcare industry can benefit from using temporary climate control for a different application. Samples, vaccines, medicines, and require specific conditions in order to be useful for healthcare providers and their patients.
Sample Storage Conditions
When it comes to storing blood, saliva, or other bodily fluids, different tests require the samples to be stored at different temperatures. But whether samples are frozen, refrigerated, or kept at room temperature, the relative humidity of the storage room must be controlled as well. Relative humidity, whether too high or too low, can turn blood samples into an ideal spot for bacterial contamination. Even in a room designed for temperature control, humidity control can still be a necessary addition to any room. Sometimes, retrofitting a room that is usually used for a different purpose is the best way to store the massive number of samples that the medical community is currently storing amidst the pandemic. In cases of retrofitting, temporary air conditioners or heaters might be necessary. When it comes to storing blood samples, room temperature is specified as between 59 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. But depending on the sample and the test, more specific conditions may be necessary.
Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Storage
It’s not only samples that require certain conditions. Medical treatments like vaccines, medicinal liquids, and powders require specific conditions as well. Before powders are packaged into pills, they must be stored at low relative humidity to avoid clumping and caking. Medicinal ingredients can also be temperature sensitive, and just like body fluid samples, different medicines and vaccines require different storage temperatures. Hospital administrators should know that it’s possible to maintain temperature and relative humidity specifications for storing these medicines by retrofitting a room.
Polygon: Always by Your Side
Unprecedented challenges call for unprecedented solutions. Hospital administrators and managers of other medical facilities can trust Polygon to provide expertise and equipment for retrofitting a room to achieve specific temperatures and humidity levels. Desiccant dehumidifiers can pull moisture out of the indoor air while portable air conditioning units can maintain temperature. We also offer remote monitoring systems that can alert those who need to know when conditions are no longer proper for storing samples or treatments. As the healthcare community goes head to head against the COVID-19 pandemic, Polygon stands ready to provide the temporary climate solutions necessary to retrofit rooms and keep conditions exactly where they need to be. We’ll focus on temperature and humidity so that healthcare providers can focus on saving lives.
To learn more about our solutions for the healthcare industry, call our team at 1-800-422-6379.