How to clean a medical fridge

When your medication is critical – insulin, for example – being able to store it correctly, and keep it in top condition for safe use is extremely important. There are medical grade fridges available, which have much more accurate thermometers and temperature controls, with alarm when temperatures fluctuate. Some also have locks, to prevent medication being misused.

Being able to maintain a constant temperature is only part of the battle though. To offer the best protection in medical refrigeration, medical fridges must be cleaned correctly, and regularly, to keep them hygienic.

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Clean the inside

Perhaps the most obvious part to keep clean is the interior of the fridge. Clean it regularly – at least once a month – using warm, soapy water. If possible, remove the shelves for cleaning, then dry them before replacing them. If the fridge is exclusively for medication, it shouldn’t be necessary to clean more regularly, and don’t be tempted to use harsh chemicals. Avoid using abrasive cleaning sponges because they can scratch the inside of the fridge. Allow the temperature to drop to the correct range before returning the medication.

Clean the outside

The outside is the most visible part of the fridge, and thankfully, it’s the easiest part to clean. With that in mind, be prepared to wipe it down much more frequently than the inside, and as much as daily. Pay particular attention to the door handle, as that’s the part that is touched every time the fridge is used, so it’s the part that harbours the most bacteria.

Draw up a schedule

Trying to remember when you last cleaned the fridge can be tricky, so draw up a schedule and then use it! It will help prompt you as to when cleaning should be completed to prevent you from falling behind.

To find out the differences between cleaning, sterilising and disinfecting, visit QCS: https://www.qcs.co.uk/what-is-the-difference-between-cleaning-disinfection-and-sterilisation/. if you need to buy a new appliance, check out a specialist retailer like Fridge Freezer Direct https://www.fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk/medical-refrigeration.

Whatever your routine for cleaning the fridge, be sure to clear up any spillages immediately. Take the cleaning seriously, and allow enough time for cleaning and maintenance, and you should have no issues keeping your appliance in full, clean, working order. You might also create a schedule to cover regular maintenance and servicing, to minimise the risk of breakdown.

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