Why you need a medical grade refrigerator Feb 08, 2022

Medical grade refrigerator, also known as "lab" or "pharmacy" refrigerators, are significantly more expensive than standard household refrigerators.


In the blog, we'll look at this in more detail and explain why it's often not acceptable to use a household refrigerator to store samples or drugs in your lab.


What temperature do you want to reach?

A basic but important question: what is the minimum temperature you need? This will depend on what you store in your lab freezer. Temperature range is important because prices vary widely depending on how low you want to go. For example, a standard -20°C freezer is much less expensive than a -86°C ultra-low temperature freezer. It is not uncommon for a difference of 2°C to 4°C between the top shelf of a domestic refrigerator and the bottom of the refrigerator compartment. Of course, this is perfectly acceptable when storing food or drinks. However, this is not acceptable when storing medicines or patient samples.


Safety Features of Laboratory Freezers

You may also want to consider buying a refrigerator with a built-in high and low alarm in case the user leaves the door open or the appliance experiences a temperature failure. Some models also alert you if there's a power failure, which is useful if the refrigerator's power is a little choppy.


Alternatively, you may not need these alerts. Especially if you're opting for a separate temperature monitoring system. There are many different types of temperature monitoring systems out there. The XCH Biomedical medical refrigerator safety system provides multiple protections: compressor overheating, overpressure, overload protection and fan overheating protection. Multiple alarms: perfect sound and light alarm system, items are safer.


Stronger door construction

The doors of medical refrigerators can be opened and closed dozens of times a day. This is why door seals and hinges are stronger because they are designed for heavy use.


Optional accessories for laboratory freezers

There are a variety of optional accessories for your laboratory freezer. You need to decide what is really needed and what you don't have.


For example, do you need to move your refrigerator regularly? If so, you should have the unit equipped with casters. Do you store volatile substances? Better invest in a sparkless lab freezer. Is there an existing remote temperature monitoring system that needs to be compatible with the freezer? It's best to get a unit with built-in access ports so any probe can fit inside.


Before purchasing, please confirm with medical refrigerator manufacturers thchamber what features the end user really needs.

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