Nursing homes are even more regulated and monitored than most public eateries, because their general patient population has a higher incidence of aged and immune compromised individuals that are more susceptible to food borne illness.
Cold storage walk-ins, reach-ins and freezers are at the top of every Health Inspectors list for scrutiny. Nursing Homes Ratings are highly publicized and considered vital to placing family members during the final years of life.
Cold storage units in most nursing homes, are utilized throughout the day because they serve 3 meals a day.
Cold Temperature Problems
Despite nursing homes working to keep cold storage temperature in range – the FDA 10-year Longitudinal Study indicated that 29.2% (141 out of 483) of the Nursing Homes observed were Out of Compliance in the Improper Holding/Time and Temperature category (includes both hot and cold temperatures).
Following are the top 2 areas that Nursing Homes need to focus on improving, in regards to cold storage temperatures:
Out of the 141 observations, 79.3% (21 out of 43) were Out of Compliance in the risk factor of PHF/TCS Food cooled to 70ºF in 2 hours/41ºF (5ºC) in total of 6 hours; and
22.6% (21 out of 43) were Out of Compliance in the risk factor of PHF/TCS Food held cold at 41ºF (5ºC) or below.
Premier All Natural Humidity and Ethylene Control Filters are a necessity for reducing temperature recovery times in cold storage in very busy kitchens. The filters reduce up to 100% of mold and up to 85% of bacteria, which is especially useful in Nursing Homes, where many have compromised immunity.
They are easy to hang right on the racks and last for 90 days.
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