So I was chilling out online the other day and got talking to a couple of people about keeping insulin cool during a power outage. I know I have covered insulin before on this site but this specific subject I have to admit, had never crossed my mind before. That’s exactly why I like you guys coming and chilling with me on social media because it gets me thinking too.
Unused insulin needs to be stored in the refrigerator at a temperature of 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C). Many people have the wrong idea and believe that all insulin can be kept at room temperature but that isn’t quite true. The ONLY insulin that you can safely leave at room temperature is the the one that you are using.
Because your insulin needs to be stored in the refrigerator, this means that you are going to have to plan ahead for the event of a power outage. You are going to need some way of keeping your insulin cool until power is restored. This is especially important in the hotter months of the year.
We are going to look at some of your options here today.
1. Cooler Bag
For this method you are going to need:
As soon as you are aware that there has been a power outage you should carefully and safely make your way to the refrigerator and place your insulin into your small cool bag. If there is no separate compartment to put the ice packs then place a hand towel on top of the ice gel pack, and the insulins on top of the towel. As soon as power has been restored you can transfer your insulin back to the refrigerator.
2. FRIO Cooling Case
The FRIO Cooling Case is most probably one of the most popular cooling methods that is available on the market today. You can buy them in a range of different sizes and colors and they are super lightweight. Follow the instructions closely and this would be a great investment.
To activate the FRIO wallet you just immerse it in cold water for about five minutes. Small crystals then absorb this water and expand into a gel which can keep cool for 45 hours.
3. Insulin Cooler Travel Case
If you are only preparing for short-term outages (you are more than entitled to do that) then a smaller insulin travel case may suit you better. These kinds of cases will usually have a gel insert that you need to freeze before and after use. They range in how long they last for really but I have seen claims of up to 12 hours cooling time on some of these.
Do you have a favorite product you rely on to keep your insulin cool? Please share in the comments!