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Cassandra Louise

Updated “Yellow Book” Available - Includes Pre-travel Vaccine Recommendations

Posted by Cassandra Louise on Jul 11, 2017 12:20:32 PM

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Summer is a time for vacationing and travel, and with that comes a large number of health risks. A newly updated version of the CDC Health Information for International Travel (“The Yellow Book”) is now available online to assist healthcare providers in preparing patients for trips overseas.

The 2018 edition of “the Yellow Book” contains the most up-to-date information on pre-travel vaccine recommendations, destination-specific advice, and other travel health guidelines. This revised version contains new information on:

  • Emerging infectious diseases like Zika, Ebola, and MERS
  • Cholera vaccine recommendations
  • Antibiotic usage in the treatment of travelers’ diarrhea
  • Guidance for specific types of travel, such as wilderness expeditions, work-related travel, and overseas studies
  • Recommendations specific to popular destinations, including Cuba and Burma

The CDC has made Health Information for International Travel available online at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/yellowbook-home and in print through Oxford University Press.

CDC Releases General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization

Posted by Cassandra Louise on Jun 16, 2017 12:07:18 PM

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On April 20, 2017, the CDC released the online report General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization. This new report is intended to replace the 2011 document titled ‘General Recommendations on Immunization’.

This report contains critical information to assist healthcare practitioners in the United States in administering vaccines to diverse patients in the most effective way possible. This includes when patients should receive vaccinations, how many doses, what precautions need to be taken, and how to respond to adverse reactions. It also provides information about vaccine benefits and risks which can help healthcare practitioners address patient concerns that may stem from the growing body of conflicting information about immunization.

General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization can be accessed here:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/general-recs/index.html.

Be sure to sign up on the CDC website to receive email notifications of any updates to the guidelines!

How to Simplify Vaccine Storage and Handling

Posted by Cassandra Louise on Jun 9, 2017 5:54:27 PM

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Proper vaccine storage and handling practices are essential for protecting vaccines. Even the smallest mistake, oversight, or malfunction can result in costly losses or reduced effectiveness. To prevent these negative outcomes, health authorities at a variety of levels create guidelines, recommendations, and standards in attempts to reduce risk as much as possible.

The lengths that we must go to protect vaccines have increased over time. From lining fridges with water bottles and leaving space between boxes, to on-call nurses responding to temperature changes after-hours and developing elaborate emergency plans, it can feel like we are working harder to protect vaccines than our fridges are. New measures are put in place all the time in an attempt to overcome weaknesses and inefficiencies of our vaccine refrigerators.

The TempArmour™ Refrigerator has been designed to address as many of these difficulties as possible. By rethinking refrigeration down to the very basics, TempArmour™ offers a simple yet unique and innovative design that aims to eliminate challenges, rather than applying band-aid solutions to the problems of traditional models. This results in a purpose-built vaccine refrigerator that reduces the work and worry of protecting vaccines instead of adding to it.

Here are just a few ways that the TempArmour™ Vaccine Refrigerator can help to simplify vaccine storage and handling practices:

  • Built-in technology reliably holds the refrigerator’s temperature stable, meaning that there is no need for water bottles to help keep the temperature in range.
  • Since the technology is not fan-dependent, space between vaccines is not required. Vaccines can be packed close together anywhere within the fridge.
  • The chest-style design helps to keep heavier cold air inside, preventing temperature spikes when the door is opened.
  • The TempArmour’s incredible ability to hold the temperature in range for up to 6 days gives users ample time to react to power outages, accidental unplugging, or refrigerator malfunction. This eliminates the need for battery back-up, generators, or on-call staff to quickly transport vaccines elsewhere to keep them within temperature range.

Contact us to learn more about the ways that the TempArmour™ Refrigerator can work for you.

Vaccine Storage Emergency Planning – A Case Study

Posted by Cassandra Louise on May 26, 2017 1:49:17 PM

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The TempArmour™ Vaccine Refrigerator takes the difficulties and stress out of emergency situations. With 4-7 days of holdover time, many possible problems can be addressed without moving vaccines or using backup power.

The Chippewas of Nawash Health Centre experienced this first hand when they suffered a power outage on a weekend caused by a lightning storm. By Monday morning, the temperature within their TempArmour™ Refrigerator was still well within the required range. However, after the power to the building was restored, they soon realized that the refrigerator was not turning on, even though there was power to the outlet. Through talking to our TempArmour support team, they discovered that the power supply had been damaged due to a power surge during the lightning storm.

Because of the TempArmour™ Refrigerator’s incredible ability to hold temperature, the clinic staff and the TempArmour support team still had ample time to act without risking loss of vaccines. A replacement part was shipped and easily installed onsite – no technician required. The vaccines inside the refrigerator were still safely within range and no additional action was required. The TempArmour Refrigerator had stayed within temperature range for several days, providing more than enough time to address the problem.

The TempArmour™ Vaccine Refrigerator is designed to make vaccine storage worry-free and keep your vaccines protected, even in emergency situations. Contact us to discuss how we can help you take the stress out of emergency planning!

TempArmour™ Vaccine Refrigerator Discounts

Posted by Cassandra Louise on May 12, 2017 10:45:58 AM

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It is now easier than ever to purchase a TempArmour™ Vaccine Refrigerator!

The TempArmour™ purpose-built vaccine refrigerator uses proven technology to keep critical vaccines safely within temperature range. In addition to simplifying emergency planning and risk management, the TempArmour™ Refrigerator also has the potential for significant cost-savings.

With so many benefits, we want to make this great product available to as many healthcare facilities as possible. Here are some ways that we’ve made it easier to purchase a TempArmour™ Vaccine Refrigerator:

  • Volume Discounts – We offer savings on orders of multiple units, even if they are being delivered to different locations.
  • Discounted display models and dented units – Get all the same TempArmour benefits at a lower price by purchasing a display model or a unit that has superficial imperfections. There are only a few of these units, so be sure to claim yours right away!

To get a quote or find more information about volume pricing or discounted units, speak to our staff by calling 1-866-485-4199 or email info@temparmour.com.

Immunization Conferences and Summits May-July 2017

Posted by Cassandra Louise on May 4, 2017 5:02:36 PM

 

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A number of immunization conferences and summits are being held across the country over the next few months. They offer a great opportunity to get the most up-to-date information on new technology, standards and regulations, and best practices. Be sure to mark your calendar for the immunization event in your area!

2017 National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit
May 9–11, 2017
Atlanta, Georgia

14th Annual Immunize Nebraska Conference
June 9, 2017
Omaha, Nebraska

2017 Iowa Immunization Summit
June 14–15, 2017
Des Moines, Iowa

23rd Annual Pennsylvania Immunization Conference
June 15, 2017
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

West Virginia Immunization Summit
June 21–22, 2017
Charleston, West Virginia

North Carolina State Immunization Conference
July 19–21, 2017
Greensboro, North Carolina

 

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