Maintenance of storage devices

The Australian Standard for Medical Refrigeration Equipment - For the Storage of Blood and Blood products (AS3864.1 and AS3864.2) specifies the requirements for refrigerators and freezers used for the storage of blood and blood products.

AS3864.1 describes the requirements for manufacturers of medical refrigeration equipment which is used for storing blood components.

AS3864.2 outlines the requirements for the care, maintenance, performance verification and calibration of refrigeration equipment which is used for storing blood components.

Hospital or laboratory staff can perform the maintenance; however, there are several companies in each state who can maintain fridges and freezers under contract.

When selecting an external contractor, ensure they understand and follow the AS3864.1 and AS3864.2 standards.

 

Records

Refrigerator, freezer, cold room and platelet incubator records must be kept for the life of the equipment plus three years.

The BloodSafe Blood fridge maintenenance record can be used to record temperature and all maintenance activities performed on blood fridges.