SpotSee Donates Temperature Indicators to Mexico for COVID-19 Specimens
“With the state serving as a host to one of our manufacturing plants, the people of Chihuahua are part of our community, so we feel a responsibility to help however we can,” said Gabriel Jurado, vice president of manufacturing, SpotSee. “By donating these monitors, SpotSee is leveraging its condition-monitoring expertise with the hopes of lessening the impact of COVID-19 and the spread of misinformation throughout Mexico.”
When testing for COVID-19, patients are swabbed in the nose and mouth at either a hospital, physician’s office, drive-thru test site or at home. That swab is then placed in a kit and sent to a predetermined testing lab by a courier. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines, specimens must be refrigerated within a temperature range of 2-8°C, then processed within 72 hours after collection. Refrigerated samples greater than 72 hours old, or samples that exceed the temperature specification, are causes for rejection. Some major commercial labs have similar requirements but prefer specimens to be frozen at -20°C for shipping. If a delay in testing or shipping is expected, specimens can be stored at -70°C or below.
Failure to follow storage and transport guidelines will cause sample rejection, triggering re-tests that take valuable time (where disease can spread further), use valuable lab capacity and cost more money. Even worse, temperature excursions can cause the virus to die in transit, resulting in false negative results. If a false negative occurs, patients could believe they are not infected, allowing them to unknowingly spread the pandemic disease.
SpotSee has several products to help in battling the spread of COVID-19. Its Cold Chain Complete helps labs monitor if frozen samples have exceeded the CDC’s time or temperature guidelines, measuring thresholds between -18°C and 8°C. The company also offers individual WarmMark® indicators for other thresholds which can be used for different storage or transport scenarios. These cost-effective devices provide accurate, irreversible indication, allowing labs to make quick decisions.
SpotSee’s temperature indicators are used throughout the world to ensure accurate results for shipping of various vaccines, biologics and specimens. By donating Cold Chain Complete indicators, SpotSee aims to protect global citizens while reducing the risks associated with the spread of inaccurate information.
To learn more about Cold Chain Complete and its capabilities, or to purchase these indicators for COVID-19 testing, visit: https://spotsee.io/temperature/cold-chain-complete.