February 14, 2024 | Medi-Products

Emergency Power for Healthcare: UPS Sizing Beyond the Basics

In case you missed it, catch up on the previous entries in our series detailing the design and operation of Healthcare facilities and why backup power is crucial for modern and fully-optimized operations.

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems are a cornerstone of efficient emergency power solutions in healthcare. Yet, the true power of UPS sizing goes beyond just the basics. They require careful consideration by healthcare architects and electrical engineers.

In this article, we embark on a journey to explore how UPS sizing plays a pivotal role in enhancing efficiency and resilience in healthcare settings.

From the critical role of backup power to protecting sensitive biomedical materials, we will unveil the secrets to optimizing emergency power solutions, making healthcare facilities truly prepared for any eventuality.

Join us as we delve into the heart of UPS sizing and discover how it unlocks the power of reliable, efficient, and adaptive emergency power solutions.

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The Crucial Role of Backup Power in Healthcare Facilities

Healthcare facilities, any size or shape, cannot afford power disruptions. Whether its:

  • Life-critical equipment
  • Diagnostic tools
  • Pharmacy refrigeration units, main-histology
  • Or surgical equipment

They all rely on a constant and reliable power supply to deliver seamless patient care. if exposed to power outages or voltage fluctuations, medical equipment could cease to function. This puts patient lives at risk and compromises the integrity of the facility.


Moreover, the protection of sensitive biomedical materials, such as vaccines, blood products, and research samples, is equally vital. These valuable resources demand precise temperature control to maintain their efficacy and integrity. Any power interruption could lead to spoilage or degradation. This will rendering them unusable, risking patient health and causing financial loss for the facility.


UPS Sizing: Going Beyond the Basics

While the concept of UPS systems is familiar, its true power lies in the art of sizing. UPS sizing is not a one-size-fits-all approach; it requires a deep understanding of facility requirements and load analysis to ensure optimal performance. Let's explore how UPS sizing goes beyond the basics and transforms emergency power solutions in healthcare settings:

  • Right-Sizing for Efficiency:

Accurate load analysis is the first step in UPS sizing. It involves identifying the power requirements of critical medical equipment and biomedical materials. By right-sizing UPS systems, healthcare professionals can achieve maximum efficiency, avoiding overloading or under-utilization of resources.


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  • Redundancy for Resilience:

Redundancy planning is a cornerstone of UPS sizing. Implementing parallel UPS units or N+1 configurations ensures continuous power supply, even in the event of a component failure. Redundancy minimizes the risk of downtime and ensures that critical medical services remain operational during emergencies.

  • Scalability for Future Growth

Healthcare facilities are ever-evolving environments. UPS sizing should be forward-thinking, considering future growth in power demands. Opting for scalable solutions accommodates expansion and technological advancements, avoiding costly replacements and upgrades in the future.


  • Environmental Considerations

UPS sizing also involves considering environmental impact and noise levels. Battery backup systems generally have a lower environmental footprint and produce no noise during operation, making them well-suited for environments with strict noise regulations.


  • Stable Battery Technologies

The heart of a UPS system lies in its batteries. Time-tested battery technologies, such as Lead-acid (SLA), enhances UPS efficiency and reliability. These batteries offer long life cycles, reduced maintenance needs, and have high tolerances. Deploying SLA batteries means that anytime an outage occurs you can be sure that your appliances are powered reliably.

  • Protecting Patient Safety and Biomedical Materials

UPS sizing extends beyond technical data and power capacity. it plays a crucial role in safeguarding patient safety and protecting inventory.

  • Ensuring Continuous Care

With the right-sized UPS systems, healthcare facilities can ensure a seamless transition to backup power . This continuity of care protects patients. Thus, allowing staff to focus on providing the best possible care without disruptions.

  • Preserving Biomedical Materials

UPS systems stand as guardians of sensitive biomedical materials and medicines. By maintaining uninterrupted power to refrigeration units and storage systems, UPS solutions protect the potency of medicines, preserve research samples, and ensure the availability of life-saving blood products.


Embracing Efficiency and Resilience in Healthcare

In the pursuit of efficient and resilient healthcare settings, UPS sizing emerges as a transformative force. By going beyond basics, architects and engineers can design facilities that prioritize patient safety while increasing efficiency. old-vs-new-appliance-runtime

Through load analysis, redundancy planning, scalability, environmental considerations, and the integration of advanced battery technologies, healthcare facilities can embrace the power of UPS sizing. By extension this prepares themselves for any eventuality and increases flexibility.



In the high-stakes world of healthcare, resilience through backup power is non-negotiable. By considering the critical role of backup power and safeguarding sensitive biomedical materials, healthcare professionals can design facilities that prioritize patient care, preserve invaluable resources, and support medical advancements.

Once the power goes out, the clock starts.

Battery backup systems offer instant and automatic power for both medical equipment and laboratory appliances alike. No staff needs to be on-site to monitor or start the generator. Valuable samples and inventory will stay safe without any extra effort.

Their shape is vertical like a cabinet, and their batteries don't leak. This means they can fit into small spaces and be positioned in any way. 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. It does so via the outlet its already plugged into.

No matter what system you choose, it will protect your biomedical and chemical samples from power loss. It guarantees a smooth switch from utility power to backup power, avoiding temperature excursions.

And for Facilities who perform outpatient operations, battery power instantly engages, keeping your operations going with zero downtime due to their advanced battery technology.

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: 

  • Overnight
  • All daypower-fluctuation
  • 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.

At Mediproducts, we provide you with all the help you need to keep up with NFPA 99 changes, including all relevant local and regional standards. If you have questions about meeting NFPA requirements for your emergency and electrical power systems, contact us. We will be happy to answer all of your questions.

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