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Nevada's Continuous Temperature Monitoring Implementation Project

Wednesday, August 5, 2015  
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• Nevada created the Continuous Temperature Monitoring Implementation Project (CTMIP) with the expectation that continuous temperature monitoring would become a future requirement of VFC Program participation. This project has been in effect since October 2012.
• The CTMIP project included installing digital data loggers (DDL) in every VFC-enrolled provider office as well as the provider offices in the Nevada Cocooning Program. Nevada program staff selected a DDL product and required its use in provider offices. Nevada also provided troubleshooting and training to providers on the use of their DDL, and hired a Storage and Handling Coordinator to specifically serve providers in the Las Vegas area. Nevada decided in 2013 that ensuring proper, continuous vaccine storage was a VFC Program priority and made use of the state-provided DDLs a requirement of VFC participation in Nevada.
• So far, over 80% of VFC providers in Nevada are actively using the DDLs and are submitting electronic continuous temperature monitoring data to the state. VFC Providers and their staff have become proactive about vaccine storage and handling by paying more attention to temperature fluctuations and adjusting vaccine inventory procedures accordingly. Many large providers have purchased the selected DDL to monitor their private-stock unit(s).
• The potential for replication may be greatest in states which are geographically large but not population-dense; Nevada has 2 FTE’s serving approximately 300 provider offices. At least one dedicated storage and handling staff person is needed to ensure compliance to continuous temperature monitoring policies.
• The project was funded by the Vaccine Storage and Handling PPHF grant. Nevada will be absorbing the costs of the newly hired Vaccine Storage and Handling Coordinator staff position as well as future DDL purchase and recalibration costs into the regular CDC five-year cooperative agreement in order to sustain the successes of this project.
• For more information, please contact Karissa Loper at kloper@health.nv.gov

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