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NEW- PHSS Guidance Document for Cold Storage Temperature Monitoring and Mapping

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Description
Developed with:
NHS Blood and Transplant
Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
Welsh Blood Service
Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board
PHSS are very pleased to announce that the PHSS Guidance Document is now available for free download.
Scope of Guide:
This document provides guidelines for the temperature monitoring and mapping requirements for the storage and distribution of blood components, products, reagents and test kits in blood establishments and hospital blood banks and gives some examples of what to do in the event of a temperature excursion outside of specification.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The Group formed to create this document consisted of the following members:
Tony Harrison, PHSS Vice Chairman
Joan Jones, Head of Quality - Welsh Blood Service
Andrew Lamb, National Validation Manager - Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
Phil Mellor, Quality Cold Chain Specialist - NHS Blood and Transplant
We would like to thank the following for their valued input and review of this Guide:
Andrew Hopkins, Senior Medicines Inspector, MHRA
INTRODUCTION

Blood components and medicinal products require controlled storage and transit conditions to ensure their quality is not compromised. For many years, regulatory agencies have demanded that temperature sensitive products be stored and distributed under conditions, which maintain the safety and efficacy of those products to the patient. This has led to ‘Cold Chain’ best practices and guidelines and appropriate temperature monitoring and mapping is a necessary part of this.
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