Cambridge University Hospital uses temperature data loggers to monitor pathology samples
18 May 2022
Tinytag Transit 2 temperature data loggers are being used by The Pathology Department at Cambridge University Hospital to ensure samples are kept under the correct conditions.
Cambridge University Hospital’s Pathology Department processes more than 3.5 million pathology samples every year, serving GPs surgeries and hospitals across the East of England. Moving the samples between the surgeries, hospitals and the laboratories requires strict temperature control at every step of the chain.
Monitoring temperatures for pathology samples can be complex but, using the data loggers, the Pathology Department can verify that temperatures consistently remain within a suitable window for most samples (between 15 and 25°C).
As a result of monitoring with the data loggers, the Department has been able to identify areas for improvement within their courier service and have switched to exclusively using temperature-controlled vehicles for the transportation of samples. Gareth Whyte, Pathology and Engagement Relationship Manager for Cambridge University Hospitals Trust, said: “The data loggers have allowed us to apply fact to the interpretation of temperature.”
The data loggers have been an important tool for the Department’s successful accreditation with UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service), providing the data to show that temperature management is robust and conforms to high quality standards.
Gareth added of his experience with Gemini Data Loggers: “Whenever we have had to speak to the company, we have always received first class service. The data loggers are robust and simple to use, ideal for ‘throwing’ in the back of a vehicle to monitor temperature ranges over a prolonged period.”