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July 13, 2023

How cold chain is maintained?

Maintaining a cold chain is of utmost importance in the medical industry. The consequences of a broken cold chain can be astronomical, both financially and in terms of product integrity.

Therefore, this article will focus on answering the following questions: what is cold chain maintenance, and how the cold chain is maintained. If you wish to learn the answers, please read on.

What is cold chain maintenance?

Cold chain maintenance is the systematic and meticulous management of the devices and containers in the cold chain logistics. Its aim is to ensure that all the susceptible products transported via the cold chain will be stored in the right conditions. As such, it is a crucial process for pharmaceutical logistics.

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How is the cold chain maintained?

How to maintain a cold chain? By constant and systematic monitoring and intervention. Therefore, cold chain maintenance primarily involves checks and tests to verify the functionality and reliability of devices, containers, and infrastructure. However, the responsibilities of cold chain maintenance extend beyond mere equipment inspection.

This aspect of cold chain management is also visible during transportation. The role of cold chain maintenance specialists is to ensure that proper conditions and procedures are in place. This does not only mean checking the equipment, but it is also done through monitoring packing and handling. Furthermore, cold chain maintenance specialists are responsible for training all staff members involved in cold chain logistics, ensuring their adherence to established procedures.

 

What happens if a cold chain is broken?

Breaking the cold chain leads to severe consequences. The products transported within the cold chain are highly sensitive to even slight changes in temperature or humidity. Consequently, a break in the cold chain necessitates the disposal of all medicines, vaccines, or pharmaceuticals involved.

Although products may appear unaffected after a cold chain break, using them can have dramatic consequences. Chemical reactions within medicines can transform them into hazardous substances that pose significant risks to human health. Thus, maintaining the cold chain and preserving its integrity are of paramount importance. Thus, it is crucial to maintain the cold chain and preserve it.

How to maintain a cold chain better?

Now that we understand how the cold chain is maintained and the implications of its disruption, you may be curious about additional measures to ensure its integrity. While there is no foolproof solution, there are good practices that will help protect your transportation operation.

One particularly valuable measure is the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. These devices enable real-time monitoring of each container and provide precise location information during transportation. This empowers swift responses in the event of any anomalies or issues.

The takeaway

Cold chain maintenance is a vital process that safeguards the integrity of pharmaceutical products and food items within cold chain logistics. It entails a range of precautions aimed at preventing any disruptions in the cold chain. Failure to maintain the cold chain renders products useless or even dangerous, impacting consumers’ ability to access essential medicines or safe food. Therefore, prioritizing cold chain integrity should be paramount.

If you found this article informative, be sure to check out our other post on the challenges in pharma supply chain.

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