Medical refrigerators are necessary for any laboratory environment. They keep vaccines and other liquids cool so they can be safely utilized for testing or patient use.
Unfortunately, if you don’t keep your
medical refrigerator clean and sanitary, you’re risking contamination and bacterial growth within the fridge. That contamination can have serious consequences for your employees and/or patients, so it’s crucial to have a thorough cleaning routine in place.
Creating a schedule specifically for cleaning is an easy way to make sure that your medical grade refrigerator is clean at all times. It will also help remove expired or forgotten materials that have been left in the medical refrigerator freezer longer than they should have been. If those older materials sit in the fridge for too long, they can contaminate other fresh materials. Vaccines prevent more than 2.5 million unnecessary deaths every year, but they need to be stored under precise conditions. If those vaccines are contaminated in faulty or unsanitary medical refrigerators and freezers, then they cannot be safely administered to patients. Other routine cleaning tasks should include disinfecting the interior and exterior, wiping down the shelving units, and prepping the space for any incoming materials.
In terms of cleaning products to disinfect your scientific refrigerator, you can use warm water with a commercial disinfectant. The disinfectant product should be approved for use in your facility and should be able to provide the level of sanitation you need. Don’t use any scraping device like steel wool or cleansers that may harm or scratch the surface. Scratches inside the vaccine storage refrigerators will lead to a higher risk of contamination because bacteria can hide in the cracks for a long time.
Refrigerators with removable bins and shelving make cleaning much easier. Spills of any sort will be contained to the shelves or the bins. As needed, you can take them out and soak them in warm water with a cleanser or bleach until they’re clean. You can also disinfect them using special disinfectants used within many medical or lab facilities, such as dry ice blasting or steam cleaning. Make sure you dry the shelves and bins before putting them back into the fridge so they don’t develop bacteria.
Finally, be sure that your lab has a clearly visible schedule for cleaning and disinfecting all medical refrigerators and freezers. This schedule should be placed somewhere near the refrigerators, and it should outline exactly when the equipment must be cleaned.
Cleaning your lab’s fridge and freezer on a regular basis can help prevent bacteria from growing. It will also ensure that all of your fridge’s contents are fresh and safe for use.