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All About: Medical Refrigerator

Medical refrigerators are commonly utilized in facilities such as laboratories, animal research labs, morgues, biomedical facilities, research facilities, hospitals, clinics, and more. Each unit meets a different need, and things like size, shelving, and style are all important factors to consider. All Temp, your Orlando commercial refrigeration experts, can help you find the right unit for your needs.

Finding the Right Fit
There are three things you need to pay attention to when looking for a new medical refrigerator: style, size, and shelving.

Style:

When it comes to the style of the refrigerator, you want a unit that can allow stable temperatures. Dorm and bar-style units have a steady flow of cold air from the freezer compartment, meaning the temperature is often unstable. Likewise, the CDC discourages using a combined refrigeration unit for storing vaccines.

Size:

Your unit needs to fit your space while being large enough for your inventory. Before you choose a unit, plan where you’re going to put it. Remember, units function best when at 30 to 80 percent capacity.

Shelving:

Shelves that allow for ventilation are ideal, such as wire racks. Do not use the door rack if your medical refrigerator has one; ambient temperatures will affect what you store there.

Cleaning
Your medical refrigerator needs to be sanitary. Otherwise, you risk bacterial growth and contamination. Once a month, evaluate your inventory. Remove any expired or forgotten materials. Older, expired vaccines can contaminate fresh materials. Make sure to disinfect regularly; just use warm water and a commercial disinfectant. Do not use steel wool or any cleansers that could damage the refrigerator. Give your medical refrigerator a thorough cleaning every few weeks. Remove bins and shelves so that you can thoroughly sanitize all parts.


Like all refrigerators, medical refrigerators require maintenance. All Temp, your Orlando commercial refrigeration experts, can customize a maintenance plan to your specific needs. Our professionals are available Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. But we know emergencies don’t stick to a schedule — that’s why we offer 24/7 emergency repair. If you need maintenance outside of business hours, give us a call at (407) 857-7800.

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