| , | March 13, 2024 | Medi-Products

Safeguarding Rheumatology Medications During Natural Calamities

In the face of natural calamities such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, or wildfires, one of the most critical concerns for healthcare professionals is ensuring the safety and accessibility of vital medications, particularly for patients with chronic conditions like rheumatology patients. The impact of such disasters can disrupt power supply, jeopardizing the proper storage of temperature-sensitive medications. In this blog, we will discuss the importance of protecting rheumatology medications during natural calamities and explore the significant role that battery backup power can play in maintaining the integrity and effectiveness of these drugs.


1. The Vulnerability of Rheumatology Medications

Patients with rheumatic conditions often rely on a variety of medications, including disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), biologics, corticosteroids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Many of these medications are sensitive to temperature fluctuations, and improper storage can lead to reduced efficacy or even render them completely ineffective. Natural calamities can cause power outages, affecting refrigeration systems and disrupting the controlled environment necessary for storing these medications.



Learn more about protecting vaccines during an emergency power outage. With our new “Planning Guide”
Learn more about protecting vaccines during an emergency power outage. With our new “Planning Guide”


2. The Importance of Battery Backup Power

Battery backup power systems offer a practical and reliable solution to mitigate the risks posed by power outages during natural disasters. These systems provide uninterrupted power supply for critical equipment, including refrigerators and temperature-controlled storage units, ensuring that medications remain at the required temperature range despite external challenges.


3. Key Benefits of Battery Backup Power for Rheumatology Medications

a. Temperature Stability: Battery backup power systems can maintain a stable environment for medications, preventing temperature fluctuations that could otherwise compromise their potency. This is crucial, as many rheumatology medications require precise temperature ranges for optimal storage.

b. Uninterrupted Access: By relying on battery backup power, healthcare facilities can ensure uninterrupted access to essential medications during natural disasters. Patients who depend on these medications for disease management can have peace of mind knowing their treatment remains available despite external circumstances.

c. Quick and Efficient Activation: Modern battery backup systems are designed for rapid activation, automatically switching to battery power when the primary power source is disrupted. This seamless transition ensures that medications are safeguarded without delays.

d. Enhanced Preparedness: Integrating battery backup power systems into disaster preparedness plans demonstrates a commitment to patient care and safety. Preparedness minimizes potential damage and reduces recovery time after the calamity has passed.


4. Implementing Battery Backup Power for Rheumatology Medication Storage

a. Assessing Power Needs: Healthcare facilities should conduct a comprehensive assessment of their power requirements during a natural disaster. This includes evaluating the power needs of refrigeration units, storage cabinets, and any other essential equipment for rheumatology medication storage.

b. Quality and Capacity: Invest in high-quality battery backup power systems with sufficient capacity to support the critical equipment during prolonged power outages. Regular maintenance and testing are vital to ensure the systems are always ready for operation.

c. Training and Protocols: Healthcare staff should be well-trained in using battery backup power systems. Protocols should be established to activate and monitor the systems efficiently during emergencies.


Learn more about protecting vaccines during an emergency power outage. With our new “Planning Guide”
Learn more about protecting vaccines during an emergency power outage. With our new “Planning Guide”




Natural calamities pose significant challenges for healthcare providers, especially when it comes to preserving the integrity of sensitive medications like those used in rheumatology. Battery backup power systems offer a practical and efficient solution to safeguard these vital medications, ensuring that rheumatology patients can continue to receive the treatment they depend on even during the most adverse conditions. By incorporating battery backup power into disaster preparedness plans, healthcare facilities can demonstrate their commitment to patient care and safety during times of crisis. Ultimately, this proactive approach will contribute to the continuity of care for rheumatology patients and reinforce the resilience of healthcare systems in the face of natural disasters.


How Do I Find Backup Power for my Medication Refrigerator / Freezer?

Once the power goes out, the clock starts and temperatures begin to rise.

Battery backup systems offer instant and automatic power for both medical equipment and laboratory appliances alike. As a result, no staff needs to be on-site to keep track of or start the generator, plus, valuable samples and inventory will remain safe—with no extra work required. This makes them an ideal solution for a vaccine coordinator looking to ensure inventory remains safe.

Additionally, their vertical, cabinet-like form factor and leak-proof batteries mean they can be installed in even the tightest spaces and oriented in anyway to make them fit. Meaning now matter how crowded your vaccine or sample room is, you can ensure you'll be protected.

Plus, if your lab or storage room is truly tight on space, a hardwired backup power unit can instantly supply remote power to your appliance—directly via the outlet its already plugged into.

Regardless of what kind of system is the best fit, they ensure that your entire stock of biomedical and chemical samples are protected from a sudden loss of power (and the resulting temperature fluctuations) by guaranteeing a seamless transition from utility power to backup power.

Even better, is that battery generators can be outfitted with as much power as you want. So system’s can be designed with enough power to protect a facility’s inventory: 

  • OvernightIMG_2948001
  • All day
  • Over a weekend
  • Or even for a whole week.

So, to protect your facility from tens of thousands of dollars in lost inventory speak to a Medi-Products battery backup expert.

They’ll help design you a system that both meets your power needs and will fit inside your facility—for a much lower cost than what your vaccines are worth. So a backup power system pays for itself the first time your power goes out.

Designing a system for you is as easy as taking a picture of your appliance’s nameplate, and a photo of the room where it’s in.

Then, you just email both photos to our Product experts, and we’ll provide you with multiple options for backup power protection.

For more information contact: 1.800.7653237




Battery Backup for Vaccine Refrigerators and Freezers.

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