Welcome to Cryolux Australia, The World Source for Innovative Cold Chain Products. Cryolux Manufacture a wide range of Ice replacements Ice pack like Dry Ice packs that are available in both Reusable & Disposable options to suit Temperature Sensitive shipments like and Food and Pharmaceutical transport. Cryolux has specially formulated Phase Change Gel Bricks & PCM Gel packs for different temperature ranges. Cryolux offers a Range of Commercial grade Iceboxes, EskyCooler bag, apart from engineering customised cold chain products to suit Cold chain Management.

Dry Ice Packs are dehydrated commercial Ice pack that has the capacity to freeze to the temperature of the Freezer thereby allowing it to keep the payloads like Food & Medicine frozen up to 6 times longer beside being Flexible even when frozen, unlike regular gel ice packs.Cryolux also manufactures a range of Cold chain shippers like insulated pallet covers, Insulated mailers, Esky & Ice boxes to maintain insulation. For temperature Critical products Cryolux offers a range of Vacuum Insulated Panel VIP Ice Box Shippers.

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Cryolux Dry Ice Packs, Ice Pack, Gel Packs, Cooler Bag, Esky & Ice boxes

As a result of a growing demand for storing and distributing temperature-sensitive products, Cryolux has been innovating in the cold chain space to overcome the challenges faced in this industry. Recently, the Cryolux Research team have succeeded at a few remarkable innovations which have broken several barriers in cold chain storage and logistics. Cryolux aims to make these innovations available to Market very shortly.

There are several components to a successful cold chain project but the key ingredients to make it work is a selection of the right type of refrigerant coupled with the right size and material of the insulated shipper. A refrigerant undergoes phase changes either from solid to liquid or liquid to gas. Based on their respective thermodynamic properties, it is used in temperature maintenance applications. Cold energy is usually managed using ice replacements. There are different types of ice pack; the most common ones are gel ice packs, Dry ice wraps, bubble ice packs, instant ice packs & Heat packs. Dry ice packs being the most sought-after refrigerant in recent times. The ice pack, commonly called gel packs, evolved from the disadvantages of ice. While ice could only freeze to 0 degrees, the cold phase of ice was a significant barrier in the cold chain industry. The basic principle of refrigerants is: the lower the phase change of the refrigerant, the longer they last.Surprisingly some of the leading gel pack manufacturers use water, and hence they freeze only to 0 degrees C. As a result, they tend to melt fast. Gel packs evolved from water to sodium chloride (salt water), which could freeze at much lower temperatures, depending on the concentration levels. The higher the concentration of salt, the colder they can freeze and, therefore, the longer they stay frozen.

Dry ice, which is compressed carbon dioxide, sublimates at -78 degrees C and it has been widely used for commercial applications since 1924. Although it is relatively easy to manufacture, dry ice is classified as a “dangerous good for transport”, as a result, requires specialised transport systems and trained personnel to handle Dry ice. With rising cost pressures across all industries, there is a huge demand for cold chain products that can are not only cost-effective but also can work as well as or better than dry ice.

Cryolux manufactures several types of ice packs available to suit different applications. The most common use of ice packs is the cold transport of perishables like food and pharmaceutical products. The Innovative Dry ice packs, from Cryolux, are easy to store and transport and can be activated and frozen on demand; Hence they are far superior to any of our regular gel packs. Cryolux also manufactures ice bricks, ice wraps, bubble back gel packs, instant ice packs, Instant Hot packs, hot & ice packs & dry ice sheets to name a few. Most of these are in direct contact with food and are hence Food Grade and manufactured with the US FDA Approved Materials. Cryolux also manufacture a range of Phase change material gel bricks commonly known as PCM Gel ice bricks to suit temperature sensitive applications, For Example, if a laboratory has to transport a specimen at -15 Degrees, They would use one of our Cryophase -15 or -20 C PCM ice pack which can help maintain the temperature of the specimen at the desired temperature, of course keeping in mind the suitable choice of the insulating medium which could be a either a cold chain shipper like an insulated shipping box or an esky ice box. Cryolux Group has helped several Food and Pharmaceutical companies with their cold chain management and helped solve some of their complex temperature sensitive logistics.

Cold Chain Breach Management - Cryolux Knowledge Hub

Cold Chain Breach occurs when the Specimen or payloads like Medicines or Vaccines have been stored outside the Temperature Range recommended to retain and maintain the integrity of the product. Example: Vaccines are required to be maintained between 2C and 8C. So there is a Cold Chain Breach if the Vaccine itself or the environment it’s been stored reaches a temperature that is outside the recommended Temperature Band. Hence if the Vaccine has had a Cold Chain Breach if the Temperature in the Cooler has reached below 2C or above 8C. There is an exception of up to 12C allowed on Vaccines for no more than 15 mins during Restocking.

Types of Cold Chain Breaches

Freeze Breach – A Cold Chain Freeze Breach is when the payload or the specimen is stored at a temperature that is colder than the temperature band. Example: a Vaccine is stored below 2 Degree C is a Freeze Breach.

Heat Breach – A Cold Chain Heat Breach is when the Payload or the specimen is stored at a temperature that is warmer than the temperature band.Example: A vaccine is stored above the 8 Degree C is a Heat Breach.

In Case of a Breach, It is Important that the Medicines, Specimens and Vaccines that have breached the temperature band are isolated

- Firstly they must be labelled so they can be identified and Stored in the recommended Temperature Condition.

- Once isolated it is recommended that you discuss with the Respective Body be it the Immunise Australia which is a part of the Department of Health or the Manufacturer of the Vaccine to understand the extent of the damage.

- If the Vaccine or Medicine can be used again you may follow the instructions prescribed by the Health Department, alternatively, if they are required to be disposed of, We recommend that you follow the appropriate disposal methods.

Cold Chain Breach Reporting – As per the Guidelines from Department of Health

One-Time Cold Chain Breach: If you have had a Cold Chain breach in case of Vaccines that are required to be stored between 2C to 8C doesn’t need to be reported if it has been exposed on a single occasion to a temperature less than 25C for a period less than 6 Hours. Please note that this is an exception and does not include any Freeze breach where the vaccines have been frozen.

The Below are the recommendations in case of a Cold Chain Breach

- Firstly you must identify the reason behind the Cold Chain Breach and Put together protocols and measures to avoid this from happening again. Please see below a set of tips on how to avoid a Cold chain breach and the back plan.

- It is also important to document the Root Causes for the Cold Chain Breach, The Temperature reading from the data logger if available and sufficient documentation be documented with the list of actions that you find appropriate to ensure there is no reoccurrence

Cold Chain Breach Reporting: Before completing and submitting the Cold Chain Breach form to the Department of Health, it is important that you collate information and take the necessary steps.

To understand if this is a reoccurrence and also to determine if you are allowed to use the vaccine again, it is important to identify if the Vaccines have breached temperature earlier. If not there is a chance you can use the vaccine subject to approval. You must also study and document the temperature breaches and also work out the time frame of each of the breaches which can be done by retrieving information from the Datalogger which ideally should be reading at a minimum of 10 to 15 Minute intervals. In case the cold chain breach is due to power failures it is recommended that you speak to your neighbours and discuss with the power company. It is also important to identify check your fridge maintenance record. Failure to maintain the fridge which includes defrosting the fridge is a common reason for the Cold-chain breach.

The Department of Health recommends that Cold Chain breaches be reported using the below form to report all forms of

-  Freeze Breach.

-  Heat Breach that has occurred for over 6 hours.

-  Heat Breach that has reached over 25C.

-  All Vaccines that have had a Cold Chain Breach on multiple occasions.

It is recommended that you speak to the Department of Health to seek advice.

Cold Chain Breach Back Avoidance - using Ice pack, Esky, Ice Box and Cooler Bag

Below are a Series of Cold Chain Backup Strategies that you must have up your sleeve to avoid a Cold Chain Breach.

How to Avoid a Cold Chain Breach in case of a Power Failure or Fridge Break Down?

- Firstly its Important that you ensure the Fridge Freezer always has a Set of Cryolux Phase Change Bricks that are Calibrated to -15C to -18C. In Case of a Power Failure, We suggest that the Fridge remain closed and Avoid Opening the Fridge because it can only loose all the Cold Energy within the Fridge. It is recommended that you move the Vaccines to the lowest compartment of the fridge simply because Cold Falls and you can expect the lowest compartment of the fridge to remain the coldest. It will also help to move the Cryophase PCM Gel bricks from the Freezer Compartment to the Fridge. To ensure the Fridge is not opened, Please put a Big Sign on the fridge warning people not to open the fridge unless it is absolutely necessary. Alternately if you have a good quality Cooler Bag available, You may move the Vaccines into the Cooler Bag and Place the Ice pack or Gel Bricks inside the Cooler Bag.

- Cryolux also strongly recommend placing a Data logger and a Thermometer with your Vaccines so you can closely Monitor any Cold Chain Breach

- Once you have done the above you can now work on restoring power to the fridge. You may either use or source a Generator to help power the fridge. Most hospitals have good power management systems in place but the Labs and Clinics can sometimes lack some vital resources. Alternatively, if you can relocate to a working fridge within 15 minutes of reach, you may move the Vaccines to the other Fridge.

Using an Esky Cooler, Ice Box, Cooler Bag with Ice packs

- It is Highly Recommended that you have a Set of Ice packs preferably the high-performance Cryophase PCM gel Bricks in your Freezer at any given time.

- In Case of a Power Failure, we suggest that you either use a good quality cooler that is sufficiently large to accommodate all the vaccines and hold sufficient ice pack to ensure the Esky can keep Cool between 2 to 8C

- We recommend placing a Data logger as well as a thermometer with the vaccines and monitor the temperature closely every hour. It is important that the esky or cooler bag is not opened frequently again for the same reason because it can warm the ice box and thus affect the chill times.

- We recommend that you pack the ice box in accordance to the “National Vaccine Storage Guidelines - Strive for 5 - 2nd edition.”

Cryolux recently has seen a large number of Labs, and Clinics equipping themselves with Cold Chain Backup systems including the Phase Change Bricks and Insulated Ice box Esky's so they can be better equipped with any unforeseen Power Failures or Fridge Breakdowns.

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