March 13, 2024 | Medi-Products

How Battery Power Protects ICUs and Critical Care Equipment

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.

In the fast-paced world of healthcare, every second counts, and the smooth operation of hospital facilities is critical. Hospital Facilities Managers play a pivotal role in ensuring the functioning of medical equipment. One of the most vital aspects of their job is to guarantee a reliable power supply at all times— especially in operating rooms.

In this article, we delve into the importance of battery backup emergency power in healthcare facilities.

We'll focus on how you can ensure the protection of critical equipment in operating rooms and discuss the importance of protecting vaccines, samples, and other supplies.

The Significance of Backup Power in Healthcare Facilities

Hospital Facilities Managers know how important it is to keep the power on in healthcare facilities. Power outages, even brief ones, can have catastrophic consequences. A lack of preparedness can lead to patient safety risks and compromised operations.20200123_131556

However, to achieve these ends, a supply of reliable backup power cannot be limited to just critical care equipment. It must extends to various essential systems like ventilation, temperature control, lighting, and communication systems. All these peripheral systems are indispensable in delivering high-quality healthcare services.


Protecting Critical Equipment in Operating Rooms

Operating rooms are at the epicenter of surgical procedures. Every instrument and machine work in concert— each playing a vital role in saving lives. So, loss of power during surgery can be life-threatening. And both patients and staff are put at risk of serious injury if proper measures are not taken.

To help, Battery backup emergency power serves as a fortress against such situations. They provide seamless and instant electricity supply during mains failures. Modern uninterruptible power supply (UPS) hardwiresystems are designed to ensure continuous operation of critical equipment.

They can protect equipment like anesthesia machines, heart monitors, ventilators, and more. Not only do they meet Type 1 and 3 EES standards, they are also a simple, flexible, yet powerful choice.

Ensuring Uninterrupted Life Support Systems

Life support systems are a lifeline for patients in critical condition. . With their advanced monitoring capabilities, Battery backup systems can detect power fluctuations immediately. This lets them quickly and automatically switch to battery power.

Having a continuous power supply is crucial for maintaining vital life functions. In intensive care units, equipment like breathing assistance and heart support keep the most vulnerable patients safe.


Safeguarding Medicines and Biomedical Materials

Battery backup emergency power doesn't only preserving the functionality of medical equipment however. It also protects vaccines, and other biomedical materials found in cold storage appliances. Because of the high cost of these materials and how often backup power is overlooked, they are often the most vulnerable area of loss in a facility.feature-cold-storage

This vulnerability is because these temperature-sensitive drugs and samples can be rendered ineffective or. A reliable battery backup system can avert such disasters, maintaining the right storage conditions and preserving the potency of vital medical resources.


Minimizing Downtime and Enhancing Efficiency

Downtime is the nemesis of any healthcare facility. Every minute counts, and even a short disruption in power can lead to delays in surgeries, diagnostics, and patient care. Battery backup emergency power not only prevents downtime, it also enhances operational efficiency.

With a seamless power transition during outages, medical staff can focus on their tasks without interruptions. This ultimately leads to better patient outcomes and heightened satisfaction.


Hospital Facilities Managers shoulder the immense responsibility of ensuring smooth and uninterrupted operations. To help, a battery backup system can stand as a beacon of reliability. They guarantee the protection of critical equipment in operating rooms and preserve resources.feature-ultrasound

These systems help keep medicines and samples safe, which is important for delivering healthcare. Investing in robust and advanced battery backup solutions is not merely a choice. Due to increasing outages across the US, it is now a necessity. To prioritize patient safety and optimal care, healthcare facilities must consider backup power solutions.

 By optimizing power supply, Hospital Facilities Managers can be at the forefront of patient care. Taking it to new heights, and ensuring quality care.

With battery backup systems in place, healthcare facilities can confidently face unforeseen challenges, knowing that their power supply is secured, and patient safety remains paramount.

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.

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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.

For more information contact: 1.800.7653237

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