Temperature Log for Refrigerator
Date & Time of Event
If multiple, related events occurred,
see Description of Event below.
Storage Unit Temperature
at the time the problem was discovered
at the time the problem was discovered
Person Completing Report
Date: (see below) Temp when discovered: 45ºF Temp when discovered: 77ºF Name: Nancy Nurse
Time: (see below) Minimum temp: 38ºF Maximum temp:
temp is approx Title: VFC Coordinator Date: 6/24/13
• What happened to the vaccine? Was it able to be used? If not, was it returned to the distributor? (Note: For public-purchase vaccine, follow your state/local health department instructions for vaccine disposition.)
Late on Monday, I talked with Victor regarding continued use of vaccine. Victor had checked with manufacturers which confirmed that vaccine is
acceptable for use. He told me that vaccine could therefore be removed from quarantine. I discussed the entire situation with Susie Supervisor and
Dr. Director (clinic medical director) who agreed that we could put vaccine back in use.
Vaccine Storage Troubleshooting Record
Use this form to document any unacceptable vaccine storage event, such as exposure of refrigerated vaccines to temperatures that are outside the manufacturers' recommended storage ranges.
A fillable troubleshooting record (i.e., editable pdf or WORD document) can also be found at www.immunize.org/clinic/storage-handling.asp
Description of Event
(If multiple, related events occurred, list each date, time, and length of time out of storage.)
• General description (i.e., what happened?)
• Estimated length of time between event & last documented reading of storage temperature in acceptable range (35
C] for refrigerator; -58º to 5ºF [-50
C] for freezer)
• Inventory of affected vaccines, including (1) lot #s and (2) whether purchased with public (for example, VFC) or private funds (Use separate sheet if needed, but maintain the inventory with this troubleshooting record)
• At the time of the event, what else was in the storage unit? For example, were there water bottles in the refrigerator and/or frozen coolant packs in the freezer?
• Prior to this event, have there been any storage problems with this unit and/or with the affected vaccine?
• Include any other information you feel might be relevant to understanding the event.
Vaccines currently stored appropriately at 45ºF. Refrigerator and vaccines labeled "Do Not Use."
My State Immunization Program contacted at 8:30 am. Spoke with Victor Vaccine. Provided Victor with details of event and list of vaccines.
Vaccine to remain quarantined until we hear back from Victor.
Called electric company and confirmed 2 short power outages during weekend.
Checked refrigerator seals
called refrigerator maintenance company to replace seals.
Checked plug on unit
placed tape over plug to prevent inadvertent dislodging. Plan to purchase plug guard.
Plan to follow up with Immunization Program on data loggers with alarms that could be sent to coordinator and back-up phones.
(Document thoroughly. This information is critical to determining whether the vaccine might still be viable!)
• When were the affected vaccines placed in proper storage conditions? (Note: Do not discard the vaccine. Store exposed vaccine in proper conditions and label it “do not use” until after you can discuss with your
state/local health department and/or the manufacturer[s].)
• Who was contacted regarding the incident? (For example, supervisor, state/local health department, manufacturer—list all.)
• IMPORTANT: What did you do to prevent a similar problem from occurring in the future?
At 8 am on Monday (6/24/13) morning when clinic opened, identified 4 temperature excursions over the weekend in refrigerator with readings
as high as 54°, 50°, 49° & 53°F in primary vaccine storage unit #1. Recordings taken every 15 min on calibrated digital data logger overnight.
Data logger probe in glycol located in middle of refrigerator with vaccines.
Total time out of range: approximately 3 hrs — maximum temp 53°F (see attached document of continuous temp readings)
Inventory of vaccines: see attached
Water bottles in refrigerator door. No vaccine stored in freezer. No problems with storage unit prior to Saturday night. Thunderstorms in area over
weekend may have affected power.
Immunization Action Coalition
1573 Selby Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
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