6 Equipment and Supplies Every Pharmacy Must Have
The current ongoing global health situation has caused us to take a critical overview and re-evaluate the importance of healthcare in our lives. Every aspect of it became crucial, and we cannot afford the luxury of ignoring any aspect of it, no matter how loosely related to healthcare it may be. As it is with any profession, proper tools of the trade are needed for the job to be done right. Your medicine is only as good as your equipment is, so any investment in this area is positive, as you will be reaping the long-term benefits.
1. Inventory management
Before you even start to take care of your medicine, you need to know what you have at any given moment. Running out of supplies, having medicine expire or overstocking are needless losses that are easily preventable with modern organizational apps. Information is vital and the first tool you will use to battle such a problem. With a bit of effort involved, you will have peace of mind as your inventory will be in the palm of your hand at all times.
2. Temperature control
Various types of medicine all require different temperatures to be stored properly. If you are using universal medicines in one room, that still won’t be enough. Room temperature can fluctuate through the day. That is if, left unchecked. Just as we have control over the global temperature, so can we have here. Temperature logs and sensors connected to programmed air conditioning and heating systems can keep the room temperature exactly as you want. These logs are reviewable for valuable info, and if you have multiple storage rooms, you can adjust the system for each one of them.
3. Medicine fridge
Some medicine requires sub-zero and colder temperatures to be properly stored. Such a thing is not feasible, nor practical, in a room size environment, but practical fridges are part and parcel of any medical facility. Seeking out professional and quality Thermoline Scientific Equipment can be a worthwhile investment. Medicine is worthless without proper storage as it can get spoiled or worse. Once issued, the consequences can be dire. With a bit of foresight and planning, such things need not occur.
4. General equipment
Microscopes, glassware, incubators, hotplates, and a million other seemingly small, pieces of lab equipment are needed for it to operate daily. It is easy to overlook some of them as you start. But if you have a medicine lab going, having a couple of these in stock can be a lifesaver. As this equipment is necessary for day-to-day operation, if some of it breaks or malfunctions, it needs to be replaced right away. Making a comprehensive inventory of your lab equipment can determent what you use up the most, and fastest of it, and then you can plan accordingly.
5. Water sources
Water is essential for plenty of operations in the lab, but regular tap water is out of the question. Water filters, sinks and containers all need to be sterile and updated so that the risk of contamination is reduced to a minimum, if not eliminated.
6. Disposal equipment
Throwing away used, apparently empty, broken or expired medicine or piece of equipment also requires care and attention. Scooping up spilled powder or throwing a drug buttle half-hardly is irresponsible and breaches protocol. Washing bottles after using them, removing any personal info from the medicine, dissolving pills and powder, all require proper equipment. Hazardous waste cannot simply be thrown with the rest of the trash and needs its way of storage and disposal. A comprehensive and professional approach to this final step in the cycle is just as important as the first one. We would like to emphasize the importance of it with this final reminder.
While all of this may seem a bit daunting and too much info to handle at once, the most important process to undertake is getting started. Any action is better than none. Step by step, and you will be able to see the fruits of your labour, and investment here will pay for themselves. Health as a whole, is something that has no price, as we are reminded daily, so anything made in this department will surely payback, multiple times. We wish you all the best in your future endeavours.