Your practice will need dedicated refrigeration for vaccines. Vaccines can become less effective or be destroyed if they are not kept within an optimal temperature range or are exposed to direct ultraviolet (UV) light, so you will need a process for managing temperature-controlled storage and distribution, known as a cold chain.
Criterion GP6.1 – Maintaining vaccine potency
GP6.1 A Our practice has at least one team member who has primary responsibility for cold chain management in the practice.
GP6.1 B The team member who has primary responsibility for cold chain management ensures that the process used complies with the current edition of the National vaccine storage guidelines: Strive for 5.
GP6.1 C The team member who has primary responsibility for cold chain management reviews the following processes to ensure potency of our vaccine stock:
- Ordering and stock rotation protocols
- Maintenance of equipment
- Annual audit of our vaccine storage procedures
- Continuity of the cold chain, including the handover process between designated members of the practice team
- Accuracy of our digital vaccine refrigerator thermometer
GP6.1 D Our practice has a written, practice-specific policy that outlines our cold chain processes.
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