If the LCD displays an arrow to the X and a number 1, 2, 3 and/or 4, then an alarm has been triggered. Contact the Immunisation Section clinical team on 1300 232 272.
Promptly transfer vaccines to a monitored vaccine fridge, DO NOT remove vaccines from their original packaging.
Check expiry dates for new and existing stock and ensure vaccines with the shortest dates are placed at the front to be used first.
Read and record fridge temperature.
Responding to a cold chain breach
A 'cold chain breach' occurs when vaccines are stored outside of +2°C to +8°C. This excludes excursions up to +12°C, lasting no longer than 15 minutes.
Isolate vaccines and place a ‘DO NOT USE VACCINES’ sign on the fridge. Communicate this to all staff.
Keep vaccines stored between +2ºC and +8ºC. Do NOT discard any vaccines.
Contact SA Health's Immunisation Section on 1300 232 272 during business hours. Do not contact this number after hours or on public holidays as it is redirected to CDCB on call doctor. They are on call for urgent matters only.
Document all action taken on the back of the fridge temperature chart.
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