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Businesses that supply medical refrigeration have experienced a surge in demand for their products this year, as a result of the current pandemic. This situation has arisen throughout the UK and internationally as orders from the NHS, Europe and Australasia flood in. Companies operating within the refrigeration industry such as specialists Froscold Refrigeration, have seen orders multiply significantly. There is increased need for a variety of refrigeration related products including cold stores, medical cabinets, blood stores, ultra low temperature cabinets, both upright and chest freezer types, chillstores, ice banks, blast freezers, blast chillers, controlled atmosphere rooms and positive pressure systems.
A major reason for this increase is a requirement for additional hospital wards, temporary hospitals and community pharmacies. Temperature sensitive medicines and vaccines rely on crucial, high quality refrigeration in clinics, surgeries, hospital wards and for community care specialists. Covid-19 laboratories are also working ‘all out’ as expected, and reliable refrigeration is an essential aspect of their work.
The need for refrigeration is unlikely to ease in the foreseeable future, especially with flu season fast approaching. This has lessened the effects of a slight downturn in medium to large air conditioning installation. The closure of several large retail outlets and entertainment venues has ensured that some of these services have been placed on hold. Although many are still being regularly maintained as a legal requirement in line with health and safety regulations.
The Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) has carried out a number of interesting studies alongside their Covid challenges research. They discovered that manufacturers are working to develop products that can self clean, ventilate and purify air. They also identified a need for technology which can monitor and respond to air quality via sensors and controls integrated into building management systems.