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Protecting Refrigerated Vaccines with Water Bottles: An Evidence-Based Strategy

Muegge, Sarah MSN, RN-BC

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: November 2012 - Volume 112 - Issue 11 - p 61–69
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000422257.03331.bd
Cultivating Quality

A quality improvement initiative promotes safer refrigerator storage of vaccines in ambulatory clinics.

A quality improvement initiative promotes safer refrigerator storage of vaccines in ambulatory clinics.

Sarah Muegge is the ambulatory nurse educator for regional services at CoxHealth in Springfield, MO. Contact author: sarah.muegge@coxhealth.com. The author acknowledges Charlotte Sims-Higgins, then coordinator of the Missouri Vaccine for Children program, who supported the effort to review the refrigerated storage process; Marcia Dyer, national account manager at American Thermal Instruments, who supplied and analyzed data from the portable temperature loggers; Michelle Carpenter, RN, a CoxHealth clinic nurse who helped conduct the intervention and collect data from the pediatric clinic refrigerator; and Kyle Waite in CoxHealth's information technology department, who provided temperature data. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.