There are many instances when an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is required to support and protect vital medical equipment. Mission critical medical equipment often requires clean, conditioned power, protection from power surges and uninterrupted power during power outages.
In today’s world with more and more demand on the utility electric power grids, uninterrupted, quality and uniform power is not always available. It is up to you to keep your medical device running smoothly and without interruption.
There is a greater use of electronic and power demanding medical equipment, which puts a challenge on hospitals, surgery centers and medical offices that are operating out of buildings that have an older electrical infrastructure. This results in more frequent power failures, spikes, voltages drops and brown outs which can damage this costly vital medical equipment and impact patient safety.
Learn how to protect your investments reduce your liabilities by eliminating power outages, and other power related difficulties.
Imaging Equipment and Uninterruptible Power Supplies
Diagnostic imaging systems are becoming a commonplace in today’s medicine. Whether it be Ultrasound, MRI, CT or X-ray, these machines are being used for diagnosis and this technology only continues to expand. This costly equipment is now being used for many routine checkups and minor procedures such as pain management or vascular which take place both within and outside of the hospital.
Not only is today's advanced imaging equipment improving healthcare and saving lives but it generates lots of revenue. This contributes to what makes the costs of an equipment failure quite high.
Imaging equipment can have substantial power demand, and have unique power requirements. This makes things extra complicated when it comes to using the right power protection and backup equipment for supporting them. Imaging equipment when idle, uses very little power, but when it is scanning, the power demands spike up quickly. Any abrupt power fluctuations and outages from the utility company, combined varying power demands can cause damage to the machines electronics. Thus an uninterruptible power supply or better known as a UPS helps prevent these undesirable outcomes, equipment breakdowns and losses.
A double conversion UPS system bridges the gap between utility and hospital generator power and supply power serving the equipment. In addition to this protection a UPS will provide short term power protection to this vital equipment if a power outage were to occur during a surgical procedure.
UPS Protection and the Healthcare Industry
It is not only imaging equipment that requires reliable power protection and management in the healthcare industry. There are other areas where and uninterruptible power supply for medical equipment is needed, such as:
- Clinical lab equipment that produces and stores medical research and processes such as biopsies
- Medical Gas Monitoring Systems
- Medical and Vaccine Refrigerators and Freezers
- Life Supporting Equipment and Monitors
- Surgical Equipment and Operating Rooms
- Home Healthcare Equipment such as CPAP units and O2 Concentrators
All UPS systems are not the same and either is the power demands for the various types of medical equipment.
There are scenarios where medical and research lab equipment need supported by UPS systems. Lab machinery such as analyzers run timed processes that run for hours and if interrupted can result in loss of either the matter contained inside or the time to reprocess. This can have an impact on lab results which could be crucial to a patient’s life or have a major impact on the practice operating schedule.
Take pathology equipment for example, and item such as a cryostat also should be supported with a UPS battery backup system. In case of power failure, if specimens are left in the cryo-chamber tissue material can be destroyed. This may result in having to redo a surgical procedure to retake a biopsy, which could be a major setback or inconvenience for the patient.
Medical and Vaccine Refrigerators and Freezers
Family medical groups and pediatrician offices often store thousands of dollars of vaccines. If these vaccines are not stored at the correct temperatures they have to be thrown away. The loss risk is quite high and perishable vaccinations often have to be discarded because of power outages.
Medical offices who are administering Medicare vaccines are now required to have backup power for their refrigerators. The CDC also recommends that vaccine refrigerators have emergency backup power and also to also have a plan in place to move the vaccines to another facility during extended power outages.
Life Support Equipment and Uninterruptible Power Supplies.
The combination of life support equipment and backup power goes without saying. Most life support equipment used today has its own battery backup support built into the machine. This provides a short amount of backup protection to bridge the downtime between the power loss and the generator startup. There have been instances where hospital generators failed so the extra level of support while running life supporting equipment is always safer to have.
Battery UPS Systems for Surgery Equipment
There are many minor surgeries done outside the hospital these days. Cosmetic surgery for one is very commonly performed outside the hospital. There are many other medical practices such pain management, oral surgery, GI and endoscopy centers all preform anesthetic procedures outside of the hospital.
For large scale type one ambulatory surgery centers with multiple operating rooms it is more common to have a generator. However most of the smaller office based type 3 operating rooms have battery backup uninterruptible power supplies.