When travelling with medicine it’s of utmost importance that your system meets the regulations for safe vaccine transport, storage and handling.
An ineffective storage system could lead to increased wastage of stock, ineffective medicines or the accidental administering of an out-of-date vaccine. To avoid all these issues an organised and effective medical storage system is needed.
This blog will explore what the legalities of transporting veterinary medicines are and how you can find the solution to transporting vaccines safely and effectively.
Issues with transporting veterinary medicines
As an on the road vet, you’re working from your vehicle which makes safely transporting veterinary medicines extremely difficult. With no real cost effective solution on the market, vets out in the field need a solution. The GoStow helps combat many of the issues vets face when transporting medicines in their vehicles.
An unorganised medical storage system can lead to under or over-ordering of stock, wastage, and losing track of expiry dates. When it comes to the storage, distribution and disposal of vaccines, The Department of Health stresses the importance of regular monitoring of vaccine stocks.
Without organised and consistent monitoring of vaccine stock you will be increasing the risk of carrying out-of-date veterinary medicines and vaccines, or as The Department of Health states ‘prolonging the use of vaccines no longer supplied’.
It is also important to take precautions against theft. Medicines should not be left on display, in the vehicle for long periods of time or overnight. Controlled drugs should be stored in either a locked glove box or in a separate locked bag box or case.
One of the biggest issues on the road vets face is transporting vaccines at the correct and safe temperatures. If vaccines are not kept at the correct temperature at any time they may lose their effectiveness.
The Department of Health explains that ‘vaccines naturally biodegrade over time, and storage outside of the recommended temperature range – including during transport – may speed up the loss of potency, which cannot be reversed’.
If a vaccine is not stored at the correct temperature it may fail to create the desired immune response and consequently provide poor protection.
Cold Chain Compliance
When travelling with medicine, it is essential that you follow appropriate policies to ensure cold chain compliance. Cold chain refers to the cold temperature conditions which particular medicines must be kept at during storage and distribution.
The BSAVA explains that veterinary medicines stored in vehicles should be kept to a minimum. It is advised that if you are travelling with temperature sensitive medicines that your vehicle is fitted with a refrigerated unit. The temperature of these products must be closely monitored to make sure the temperature stays between 2°C and 8°C. Vaccines must never be frozen, and the maximum and minimum temperatures must be monitored and recorded every day. This all ensures the cold chain is maintained and that the vaccines are stored safely and effectively.
When working with medicines in a vehicle, it’s near impossible to monitor the constant temperature. However it is extremely important to do so, you must ensure that if you’re travelling with veterinary medicines that are to be stored at ambient room temperature, you do not leave them in the vehicle when temperatures exceed 25°C or go below 8°C. The temperature is highly likely to fluctuate, especially in the winter and summer months. To ensure vaccine effectiveness, an effective medical equipment storage system is required.
The GoStow is the vehicle storage system that can combat all of the above issues. With an integrated fridge unit, you can rest assured that your veterinary medicines will stay between the safe 2°C and 8°C.
How to transport veterinary vaccines effectively
The GoStow provides the perfect solution vets on the go, ensuring the safe and regulation-met transportation of medicines.
The GoStow’s integrated fridge unit allows you to comply with legislation and safely store temperature sensitive medicines. As effectiveness cannot be guaranteed for vaccines unless they have been stored at the correct temperature, the GoStow fridge unit makes certain this will no longer be an issue.
The fridge unit also includes a minimum/maximum temperature data logger. The BSAVA explain that a refrigerated unit in a vehicle should be monitored in the same fashion as a fridge in a veterinary practice. This means that care must be taken to ensure the fridge stays between 2°C and 8°C. It is advised that temperatures are recorded at least daily.
The GoStow data logger makes it easy for you to keep temperature records in compliance with cold chain as the information is available without having to open the fridge for long periods to examine the stock. The data logger helps you to manage your stock effectively and hugely reduces the risk of the expiration of vaccines.
As mentioned above, organised medical storage systems ensure accurate control of your stock. Due to the importance of vaccine stock management, the GoStow features vehicle storage drawers with dividers to organise and store other medicines safely and securely.
Vaccines and medicines should be regularly rotated, those with the shortest expiry date should be placed at the front so that they are dispensed first to reduce the number of products going out of date. The GoStow’s drug and medicine drawers with dividers for each individual vial make stock rotation easy. With the organised medical storage solution that the Gostow provides, you can make regular stock-checks easily. Giving you greater control of your stock and greatly reducing the risk of administering expired vaccines.
By making out-of-date vaccines a thing of the past, the GoStow helps reduce wastage and ensures you never under or over-order stock. The GoStow also features lockable drawers so that vaccines are kept safe in your vehicle and prevents theft.
The importance of transporting medicine safely
Transporting medicine safely is essential as the effectiveness of a vaccine cannot be guaranteed if it has not been stored correctly.
For vets on the move and out in the field, inadequate car boot storage creates many issues that are completely avoidable when instead you can use the GoStow as your veterinary storage solution.
Unsafe storage and transportation of vaccines can cause the ineffectiveness of temperature-sensitive medicines. This can mean the failure of the vaccine to create the desired immune response and consequently provide poor protection.
The GoStow meets all the legal storage legislations for effective and safe storage of veterinary medicines and, with an integrated fridge, this means you will no longer have to worry about vaccines becoming ineffective because of temperature change. The data logger allows you to record and monitor the maximum and minimum temperatures with ease – another plus for compliance!
With drawers for everything from needles and syringes and bandages and dressings to drugs and medicines, the GoStow gives everything a place. This is key to safe transportation of medicine as the separate drawers and drawer dividers make regular monitoring of stock easy. With a higher control of the stock in your vehicle you are much less likely to create wastage, out-of-date vaccines and reduce the risk of under or over-ordering of stock.
Ensure safe transportation of medicines with the GoStow
With no real cost effective solution on the market, the GoStow is vehicle storage solution every vet on-the-go needs. The modular system fits into a wide range of commonly used vehicles and can be tailored to your needs and the way you work.