How to Perform a Self Audit Before a Vaccine Storage Regulatory Audit

Posted by Mike Blazes on 22 November, 2017

Vaccine storage is vital to maintaining the accuracy and efficacy of the vaccines administered today. Whether it be in a doctor’s office, medical research facility, hospital or outpatient clinic, vaccine storage requires reliable monitoring  to verify the correct temperature and environmental conditions. Vaccines can be ruined due to careless handling, and without proper monitoring could be administered ineffective. Regulatory organizations perform standard audits to examine procedures for vaccine storage. To ensure your storage methods meet required guidelines, follow these five steps.

1. Timing. Before you even begin the storage methods of vaccines, establish a schedule for ordering, whatever type of vaccines it might be. For instance, vaccinations for the flu season can begin as early as August. If you are a healthcare provider, determine when you will begin to administer the vaccine and build out a calendar from that. Vaccines have a shelf life, and their efficacy diminishes beyond it; ordering a supply of vaccines to sit on the shelf for an extended period won’t bode well.

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The Highs and Lows Of Barometric Pressure

Posted by Paul Atwell on 12 September, 2017

What goes up must come down? Not exactly how barometric pressure works but it is a good starting point to understanding barometric pressure and how it affects our surroundings. So what is it?  A barometer measures the air pressure in the environment. You may hear meteorologists talk about barometric pressure in their forecasts because they use it as predictor for future weather patterns. For example, low-pressure weather systems usually lead to cloudiness, wind, and precipitation. High-pressure systems usually lead to fair, calm weather. * Air temperature and altitude impact barometric pressure.

High Barometric Pressure

When the barometric pressure is high, temperature conditions tend to be more comfortable as the amount of oxygen in the air is stable. As air higher in the atmosphere falls, it warms and expands. The expansion of the air in the falling air mass tends to lower its humidity, which reduces or prevents the formation of clouds. Because of this effect, areas of high pressure often have clear, dry weather.**

Low Barometric Pressure

The higher the altitude, the lower the atmospheric pressure, which means the amount of oxygen in the air decreases. That is what mountain climbers need to be careful of the altitude because it will impede their ability to breath easier due to the lack of oxygen. Low barometric pressure actually means the air pressure is rising.

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Cryogenically Frozen: Who's Frozen? Who's next?

Posted by Sarah Sameei on 07 July, 2017

Source: Cinema 52

A growing number of people are making the decision to be cryogenically frozen after death in order to receive a second chance at life. Despite the fact that no method of revival from being cryogenically frozen exists to this day, these individuals are hoping that advances in future medicine and technology will allow them to be revived and cured of conditions that killed them.

Looking at current research, this topic is certainly controversial both in and out of the scientific world. Many scientists claim that cryonics is founded on false promises and unprovable nonsense. Whereas others claim that death and aging will be looked upon in the future as primitive and unnecessary experiences.

 Nevertheless, reading more about the people who have already endured the deep freeze is certainly interesting and slightly bizarre.

Five Cryonically Frozen People

1. James Bedford

Bedford, a psychology professor at the University of California, is the oldest cryogenically frozen human being on earth. He died on January 12, 1967 due to kidney cancer and became the first person to enter cryonic suspension. This was a huge milestone for the cryo-community and January 12th is regarded amongst the community as “Bedford Day”.

 

Source: PR Newswire

2. Ted Williams

Williams, an American professional baseball player and member of the hall of fame, is currently the most famous cryogenically frozen person to this day. After dying of cardiac arrest, his original wishes to be cremated were overlooked as his son produced the controversial cocktail napkin on which Williams said he wanted to be preserved with his family. 

 

Source: Famous People

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