Helpful Resources and Links

Is a Cellular Machines Temperature Monitoring System right for you?

Whether the context is a pharmacy, hospital, distribution facility, restaurant, data center, greenhouse or other location -- maintaining inventory or equipment at a 'constant temperature' is critical to the success of the business.

Accordingly, the ability to remotely monitor such temperatures on a 24/7 basis can help protect inventories, ensure safety and compliance, and boost productivity and efficiency.

To help you make an informed decision about whether the use of a Cellular Machines by Anaren temperature monitoring system is right for you, we've put together the following educational resources below.

Still have questions? Our Cellular Machines team will be happy to assist you with any questions about temperature monitoring systems in general or our system in particular. Just send us an email!

General Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/

Food Safety.gov

http://www.foodsafety.gov/

The Joint Commission (Healthcare Organizer Accreditation)

http://www.jointcommission.org/

U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention

http://www.usp.org/

United States Department of Agriculture

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/

United States Food and Drug Administration

http://www.fda.gov/

Healthcare Articles and Resources:

Best Practices Essential for Storage and Temperature Monitoring of Refrigerated Vaccines
Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA.com), by Andrew J. Long and Mary S. Hayney
With recent studies through governing agencies supporting the greater need to minimize risk, maintaining temperatures for refrigerated vaccines is crucial. There are several recommendations to utilize proper measures so these vaccines are always within the needed conditions. 
http://japha.org/article.aspx?articleid=1765652

Storage and Monitoring of Vaccines
National Institute of Standards and Technology (nist.gov)
Scientists have found critical factors in relation to numerous problems with vaccine storage. Maintaining a vaccine’s potency is of the utmost importance, and temperature monitoring is among the foremost methods of to do so.
http://www.nist.gov/pml/div685/grp01/vaccines.cfm

Temperature-Sensitive Pharma Concerns: Avoiding the Top 10 Supply Chain Pitfalls
Contract Pharma (contractpharma.com), by Justin Bates
The importance of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals has never been higher. Therefore, it is critical to avoid the most common problems associated with these pharmaceuticals to ensure your operation runs smoothly and successfully. 
http://www.contractpharma.com/issues/2012-05/view_features/temperature-sensitive-pharma-concerns/

Vaccine Temperature Best Practices for Frozen Vaccines
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov)
A best practices fact sheet that includes information on ideal temperature conditions for storing vaccines in freezers, and encouragement to routinely monitor temperatures (with or without a temperature monitoring system).
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/storage/downloads/temp-frozen.pdf

Vaccine Temperature Best Practices for Refrigeration Vaccines
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov)
A best practices fact sheet that includes information on ideal temperature conditions for storing vaccines in refrigerators, and encouragement to routinely monitor temperatures (with or without a temperature monitoring system).
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/storage/downloads/temp-fridge.pdf

Wireless Temperature Monitoring Systems: Things to Consider
Medical Laboratory Observer (mlo-online.com), by Mark Donovan
Temperature monitoring systems are essential in maintaining the proper conditions and quality for medical laboratory needs. Understanding the benefits and applications of these systems is helpful in making the transition from manual monitoring to using these automated systems. 
http://www.mlo-online.com/articles/201408/wireless-temperature-monitoring-systems-things-to-consider.php

Food Service Articles and References:

2013 U.S. Public Health Service Food Code
United States Department of Health and Human Services
The Food Code is published every four years containing the FDA’s guide for providing a consistent system of public health and sanitation standards. This includes the best practices on proper food storage, handling, and preparation.
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/RetailFoodProtection/FoodCode/UCM374510.pdf

ANFP Practice Standards: Food Storage Guidelines
Understanding the proper criteria to store food in a variety of environments is critical to maintain its freshness and decrease the risk of foodborne illness. Maintaining standards for all types of food is a big step towards preventing problems from arising.
Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (anfponline.org)
http://www.anfponline.org/Resources/DMAResources/standard07.shtml

Food Safety for Local Food
Foodservice Equipment & Supplies (fesmag.com), by Amelia Levin
Food retailers need to take into account how food is stored and prepared to minimize the threat of problems happening. Establishing a system that can promote food safety and reduce liability is essential to run a successful food business.
http://www.fesmag.com/home-highlights/10073-food-safety-for-local-food

Food Safety Modernization Act Information
Food and Drug Administration (FDA.gov)
A resource page for information related to the Food Safety Modernization Act. This includes prevention of foodborne illness, helpful links containing proper food storage and best practices, and food safety training.
http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ucm256826.htm

Food Safety Temperature and the Danger Zone
Food Service Warehouse (foodservicewarehouse.com)
The “danger zone” is a range of temperatures that food is at the greatest risk bacteria multiples. This range leads to an increase in foodborne illness and food spoilage, and knowing how temperature affects the growth of bacteria and understanding the ideal temperatures to store and cook food is essential in maintaining safe conditions.
http://www.foodservicewarehouse.com/education/product-safety-public-health/food-safety-temperatures-and-the-danger-zone-/c28151.aspx

Foodborne Illness: What Consumers Need to Know
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA.gov)
A resource page for information related to foodborne illness. This includes education on what foodborne illness is, how it occurs, further information on the “danger zone,” and what to do if a foodborne illness is detected.
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/foodborne-illness-and-disease/foodborne-illness-what-consumers-need-to-know/ct_index

Managing Food Safety: A Manual for Voluntary Use of HACCP Principles for Operators of Food Service and Retail Establishments
United States Department of Health and Human Services
A comprehensive guide published by the FDA to promote the Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) approach of best practices and principles to address food safety and protect public health.
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceRegulation/HACCP/UCM077957.pdf

Shut the Fridge Door: How Cloud-Based Temperature Monitoring Systems Can Help Save Your Business
The Back Burner by eTUNDRA.com (blog.etundra.com), by Kasy Allen
Temperature-sensitive equipment is prone to failing, and if it does the effects can be costly. Understanding the benefits temperature monitoring systems offer can be very helpful for preventing accidents, and such systems that provide a cloud-based reporting and notification services can be advantageous for the user.
http://blog.etundra.com/in-the-restaurant/cloud-based-temperature-monitoring-systems/