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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 
Does the TempArmour™ fridge require batteries or backup power to maintain its temperature during a power outage?

No. The TempArmour™ Refrigerator does not require batteries or backup power to keep it within the critical 36-46°F (2-8°C) range during power outages or planned electrical shut downs.

The ability of the TempArmour™ Refrigerator to remain within the critical temperature range for days is based on its design features. Exceptionally well insulated and designed to keep the cold air in, combined with the use of patented thermal phase technology, ensures a long hold over time of typically 6 days before going out of temperature range.

How much can the TempArmour™ Vaccine Refrigerator hold?

The TempArmour™ Vaccine Refrigerator can hold 200 boxes of 10 x 0.5 ml vials or 70 boxes of 10 single dose syringes (based on typical manufacturer box sizes).

The TempArmour™ fridge capacity is comparable to typical 21 cu ft upright refrigerators. The TempArmour™ fridge can hold more per square foot because the entire interior can be utilized and its function is not dependant on fans and air circulation which requires spacing between vaccines to ensure that the temperature is stable throughout.

How much the TempArmour™ Vaccine Refrigerator can hold is based on the actual size of the items/boxes that you wish to store. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you require assistance.

Why do we need a TempArmour™ Refrigerator? We are in a hospital with a backup generator.

Power outages are only one cause of cold chain incidents.Others causes include any disruption to the function of the fridge such as when the fridge breaks down or the cord is unplugged. Only the TempArmour™ Vaccine Refrigerator will also protect vaccines for days in those situations.

Also, there is a limit on how much power the hospital's backup power generator can supply and when a TempArmour™ Refrigerator is used, the power that would have been directed to a vaccine fridge is freed up to supply other critical equipment.

Does the TempArmour™ Vaccine Refrigerator have an alarm? 

The TempArmour™ Vaccine Refrigerator is equipped with a temperature alarm and visual indicator on the min-max digital display to indicate when the fridge's temperature has gone outside the 36-46°F (2-8°C) temperature range.

There is also a temperature alarm and visual indicator on the   VFC compliant certified and calibrated datalogger that is provided.

We need the most space in the fridge during flu season - how many pre-filled syringes can we fit in the TempArmour™ Fridge?

Many of the influenza vaccines (by Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, etc) are available in packages of 10 single-dose, pre-filled syringes. The TempArmour™ Vaccine Refrigerator can store 700 syringes (70 packages of 10) or 200 boxes of 10 0.5ml vials (based on typical manufacturer box sizes).

Please contact us if you need assistance with regards to determining your size requirements for a vaccine refrigerator based on the types and quantities of vaccines that your facility uses.

Do we need to keep bottles of water in the fridge like we have in our other vaccine fridge?

No. You do not need to line this fridge with bottles of water as the TempArmour™ Vaccine Refrigerator already has design features that ensures temperature stability.

Often, it is recommended by authorities to line other refrigerators used for vaccine storage with bottles of water in an attempt to improve temperature stability and the length of time that the fridge temperature will stay within range in the event that the fridge stops working (due to power outage, fridge malfunction, etc.). Unlike the TempArmour™, other fridges on the market used for vaccine storage do not have a long holdover time in which its temperature will stay within range; typically a few hours and even as little as 20 minutes have been reported.

The TempArmour™ Vaccine Refrigerator will typically provide 6 days of holdover time, therefore adding bottles of water is not necessary.

We are a Retina Clinic - Can we use the TempArmour™ Refrigerator to store Avastin and Lucentis (for ocular injections)?

Yes - The TempArmour™ Refrigerator will effectively protect all items (medications, lab samples, etc) that must be maintained within the critical 36-46°F (2-8°C) temperature range. This is the only purpose-built fridge on the market that doesn't require backup power because it will maintain within this temperature range for 4 days or more.

What guidelines must I follow for vaccine storage? 
There are many vaccine storage and handling guidelines that have been developed by various jurisdictions to assist private and public practices in keeping their vaccines safe. In general, these are recommended guidelines as opposed to legislated requirements.

Many of the recommended practices outlined in various guidelines are intended to address the performance of standard upright fridges on the market with inconsistent temperatures and are not relevant to the TempArmour™ Vaccine Refrigerator (for example, lining the fridge with bottles of water, keeping vaccines away from the walls of the fridge, spacing out vaccines to allow air flow, etc. are not required for the TempArmour™ fridge).

Please visit our webpage on "Vaccine Storage Guidelines" to view many of the Vaccine Storage and Handling Guidelines that are in use.
Can I store vaccines anywhere in the TempArmour™ Vaccine Fridge?

Yes, the TempArmour™ Vaccine Fridge maintains a consistent internal temperature throughout. The fridge incorporates an effective barrier between the cooling elements and the internal walls of the fridge to ensure that vaccines are safe wherever they are located in the fridge (below the fill line).

Testing has shown that the temperature of the side walls and bottom plate of the TempArmour™ Vaccine Fridge are typically within 0.5-1°C of temperature readings taken at the centre of the fridge.

What maintenance does the TempArmour™ Vaccine Refrigerator require?

The TempArmour™ Refrigerator is essentially maintenance free.

However check periodically that the plug on the drain at the front of the refrigerator is in place to ensure that the fridge performs at its best and no condensation accumulates inside. You can place a piece of tape over the plug to secure it.

The drainage tube at the front of the refrigerator is meant to drain any condensation from the refrigerator however no water is expected to accumulate with the storage of closed containers (such as vaccines, medications, etc.).

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After using a refrigerator/small freezer combo. for vaccine storage, and dealing with the out of range temperatures too many times, I decided to purchase the TempArmour Vaccine Refrigerator. It maintained the temperature perfectly, and never went out of range for all of the studies we needed it for.

I highly recommend this vaccine refrigerator.

Anderson & Collins Clinical Research, Inc.
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