How to maintain cold chain during heat wave

How to maintain cold chain during heat wave

In preparation for heat wave conditions please make contingency plans for maintaining vaccine fridge temperatures between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius.

This includes:

  • make sure the vaccine fridge is in a well ventilated cool room with good air circulation around the fridge
  • monitor and record the fridge temperatures at minimum at the beginning and end of each day
  • have a back-up min-max thermometer or preferably a data logger in the fridge to verify temperature/time deviation
  • prepare to manage possible power outages by following this advice available on your state health website or the Victorian health website
  • report breaches promptly if temperatures go outside the acceptable range. Place a sign on the fridge "Do not use or discard vaccine until further notice" and follow or state health/public health unit guidelines
If you have any questions please contact your Primary Care Support Team on 94778700 or email practice_support@nsml.com.au.