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Mini fridge to store insulin

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by clifton90, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. clifton90

    clifton90 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Does anyone use a mini fridge to store their insulin? I am moving back in to university halls to do my PGCE and I don't want to keep my insulin in the shared kitchen. I have just bought an Argos mini fridge but I am dubious to use it after reading the guide. Does anybody else use these?


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    clifton90 Type 1 · Active Member

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    I think it's cool enough but it says it cools 20-25 degrees below ambient temp, so I'm worried this could drop below 5 degrees! As they cool based on the room temp it's not a constant temp which worries me and was wondering if anyone had us experience with it. Thank you pav, I did come across these, however I will have many boxes stocked up before I move! So unfortunately they would not fit in that little one, even though they are a great idea!


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    Fetchmeacoffee Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Please be careful with the mini fridges , they're prone to form frost after a week or so of non stop usage , don't want to be freezing insulin , just keep an eye on the back of the fridge , if it frosts up please defrost :D
     
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    clifton90 Type 1 · Active Member

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    See that's what is worrying me! It's a double edged sword as I'm worried about keeping it all in a shared fridge as it could go walk about, be dropped, moved etc. But then having a mini fridge in my room could lead to another disaster!


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    Fetchmeacoffee Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Use your fridge , just keep an eye on it , if you notice frost just turn it off for an hour or two :)
     
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    Glen Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Unless it has a some sort of temperature control I wouldn't use it for anything other then keeping the beer cold. Proper little fridges with thermostats aren't too expensive considering the piece of mind it will give you.
     
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    Hi Clifton90 .

    Maybe consider using a clippable sealable Tupperware box to store your insulin in .
    Therefore keeping it completely frostfree :thumbup:

    I do this in my fridge and it works a treat too .
    My insulin comes in a cardboard box container and the cold damp in the fridge
    could affect it .
    So I use the Tupperware box for this reason .

    Hope this can help :)

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    I beleive this is what your looking for it iscalso good for holls or any where realy. Its designed for the job not a make do measure.

    https://shop.diabetes.org.uk/product.as ... ler-fridge


    quote="clifton90"]Does anyone use a mini fridge to store their insulin? I am moving back in to university halls to do my PGCE and I don't want to keep my insulin in the shared kitchen. I have just bought an Argos mini fridge but I am dubious to use it after reading the guide. Does anybody else use these?


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    clifton90 Type 1 · Active Member

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    That little medicooler looks great but I'd need about 3 to store all my insulin!

    Anna - do you do that in a proper fridge or a mini fridge?

    Thank you everyone for all your help and advice! :)


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    Hi Clifton!

    I think I'd be wary of storing medication in those little mini fridges - they really aren't meant for perishable items. You can't control the temperature properly and I think it would be asking for trouble - you need something you can set the temperature on. Maybe something like this (although it might be a bit big?):

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/LEC-R50052W-Sta ... cr_pr_pb_t

    Anyway, whatever you decide, buy a fridge thermometer so that you can keep a check on it.

    Smidge
     
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    There are small fridges available as in slimline smaller sized fridges .
    Check out currys, comet, outlets for these ...
    I have a smaller slimline one in my kitchen - this is where I use my Tupperware box
    to store my insulin in .

    Yes - at uni - it is either a communal shared kitchen or obtain a small fridge
    to place in your own room , you can always drape a nice top on the top of it .
    [just make sure vents to cool are left uncovered at all times ]
    Plonk sum pictures or personal things on the top to make it look less clinical .
    Put loads of funky fridge magnets on the door and use as a notice board too :thumbup:

    Your own foods/milk for brews etc can be stored in here alongside your insulin too :)

    Anna .
     
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    Brilliant! Thanks everyone! I think I'm going to opt for a smaller proper fridge with temperature control for peace of mind :) definitely worth it!


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    Brogan88 Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hi all, does any1 know if the (DF1-06 Tabletop Fridge) from Argos will be ok just to store my insulin in.
    Thanks


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    clifton90 Type 1 · Active Member

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    Just use a fridge temperature gauge at back of fridge and you should be fine, I store mines in tupperware box in fridge

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  18. Engineer88

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    You should be able to get a fridge off the uni as I did in my third year - its a half fridge (not mini) they give you for the year. speak to the housing team and state you need to store Insulin. Also really helpful for them to know as if anything happens (your sick or pass out) they put you on a high alert list. Think that also stretches to being locked out and the like.
     
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    Lucie75 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    This is true. I work in a Halls of Residence and because of Health and Safety the University will always purchase a fridge for you and install it in your room. They will also need to know that you are diabetic for the reasons mentioned above. Never keep medication in a shared fridge - it's too risky and not at all advisable. You've probably been at Uni for a couple of months now anyway, but I hope you are getting on well.
     
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