The overriding reason for monitoring in a hospital is to ensure patient safety. The following is a list of some of the possibilities.

 

Blood Bank

  • Temperature in blood bank refrigerators and freezers (including super colds)
  • Temperature in blood product transportation coolers
  • Temperature in warming baths and slide warmers
  • Platelet agitator motion
  • Security of radioactive sources
  • Temperature in the blood bank refrigerators at the OR and Trauma Unit
  • Room temperature and humidity in the blood bank area

 

Pharmacy

  • Temperature in pharmacy refrigerators and freezers (including super colds)
  • Temperature, humidity, differential pressure, and particle counts in cleanrooms
  • Temperature in pharmacy refrigerators at nurses’ stations
  • Temperature and humidity in pharmaceutical storage rooms

 

Laboratory

  • Temperature in laboratory refrigerators and freezers (including super colds)
  • Temperature (to -200°C) and LN2 level in cryogenic freezers
  • Temperature at slide warmers
  • pH of culture mediums
  • Temperature, humidity, and CO2 levels in incubators
  • Temperature in ovens
  • Room temperature and humidity in the laboratory area
  • Appliance door open time (door ajar)
  • Special interfaces to instruments

 

In-Vitro Fertilization Lab

  • Temperature (to -200°C) and LN2 level in cryogenic freezers
  • Temperature at slide warmers
  • pH of culture mediums
  • Temperature, humidity, and CO2 levels in incubators
  • Temperature, humidity, and room differential pressure in procedure areas

 

Nurses’ Stations

  • Temperature in refrigerators containing pharmaceuticals
  • Temperature in refrigerators containing patient food
  • Temperature of blanket warmers
  • Temperature and humidity in rooms where pharmaceuticals are stored

 

Dietary

  • Temperature in refrigerators and freezers where perishables are stored
  • Steam table temperature
  • Dishwasher hot water temperature
  • Deep fryer temperatures
  • Oven temperatures
  • Temperature in food delivery carts

 

Operating Rooms

  • Temperature, humidity, and differential pressure in the operating room
  • Special wireless temperature sensor at the operating table
  • Temperature in blood or tissue storage refrigerators

 

Isolation Rooms

  • Temperature, humidity, airlock pressure, and door open time

 

Patient Rooms

  • Temperature in patient food storage refrigerators

 

Remote Clinics

  • Temperature in refrigerators and freezers containing pharmaceuticals & blood products
  • Temperature in specimen storage refrigerators
  • Temperature and humidity in pharmaceutical storage rooms

 

Monitoring Service to Associated Doctors

  • Temperature in refrigerators and freezers where pharmaceuticals are stored
  • Temperature in specimen storage refrigerators
  • Temperature and humidity in pharmaceutical storage rooms

 

In addition to helping to maintain patient safety, the following can be monitored to minimize cost and improve the bottom line.

  • Levels in air and vacuum lines
  • Power line voltage and current levels
  • Electric power consumption
  • Natural gas consumption
  • Fuel oil consumption
  • Chilled water consumption
  • Temperature and humidity levels in public areas (keeping an eye on the HVAC system)
  • Energy from green sources
  • Domestic water consumption
  • Hot water consumption and the energy required to produce it
  • Generator oil and fuel levels and starting battery condition

 

The CIMScan temperature and humidity monitoring system for hospitals effectively ensures systematic operations as an in-expensive on-line solution.