Managing Victoria's largest state hospital with the assistance of Testo

Alfred Hospital is Victoria’s largest state hospital, spanning three sites with a combined capacity of nearly 900 beds. An emphasis on emergency care makes it a vital facility in the state. It also means The Alfred requires world-class, reliable medical product refrigeration in order to protect the thousands of stored biological samples, antibodies and medicines.

Director of Engineering Services Mark Curtis has a lot on his plate in ensuring Alfred Hospital’s vital infrastructure services are running to their best.

”I’m charged with monitoring all the statutory maintenance and compliance processes associated with the essential services in our hospital portfolio. This involved ensuring consistent performance from our power, water, and electricity infrastructure, as well as keeping an eye on HVAC [Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning] equipment,” he says.

Testo’s temperature monitoring equipment offers an easy-to-use solution to monitoring numerous cold storage areas

What are the temperature monitoring challenges to this role?

Indoor climate control is a vital part of ensuring biological samples and medicines stay within a safe temperature range. Be that in hospital refrigeration storage or maintaining regular room temperature with heating and air conditioning units, consistency is key.

”Everything from irreplaceable antibodies and vaccines in blast chillers to basic painkillers in storage rooms need our attention. Monitoring the performance of our temperature control equipment across three large facilities is a minute-to-minute challenge,” Mark says.

”Achieving one ideal temperature environment is impossible, but the accepted standard for most samples and medications is ‘strive for five’. It’s what we use to maintain safety compliance internally and it’s easy to remember. If floor staff or compliance teams see cold storage temperatures are around five degrees Celsius, they know everything is likely fine.”

But Mark can’t just rely on occasional temperature checks from people accessing the refrigerated units – he needs a reliable eye on temperature data at all times.

”The risks are simple – if we don’t record temperature as regularly as every five minutes, we could lose stock worth thousands of dollars. I wouldn’t trust a data set any less frequent.”

The testo Saveris 2 unit is ideal for temperature data logging.

Testo’s temperature monitoring solution

A reliable data logging tool was required in order to successfully manage temperature control across Alfred Hospital’s multiple sites. Testo had the Saveris 2 device to offer.

”Testo had the most sophisticated offering for data logging. We were able to easily pre-set the parameters and receive regular alerts when temperatures fell outside this range, both in our refrigerators room temperature storage,” says Mark.

”The Testo team really helped us integrate their equipment into our facility management process. We initially received too many alarms from the testo Saveris 2 – this was due to the number of people in-and-out of the cold storage units, which quickly affected environmental temperature. Testo was very accommodating in altering the parameters to suit us, and it’s helped us improve our safety compliance and identify sub-par refrigeration equipment too.”

For more information on the testo Saveris 2 or Testo’s other temperature control devices, reach out to the team today.

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