Uninterruptible Power Supply for Healthcare

Healthcare facilities rely extensively on electrical power reliability and its quality for diagnosis, treatment and monitoring health conditions of patients. Even brief interruptions or power outages can be detrimental to diagnosis, and for patients in critical care or those undergoing surgery. Hence, Continuous and Uninterrupted power is an important factor that can impact patient care and operations of the hospital.

While most hospitals are equipped with diesel generators for backup power source to improve emergency management in case of power outages, these take several seconds to start, stabilize and provide electric power supply throughout the facility. In a hospital every second matters as there are numerous medical care equipments which requires continuous power from a reliable power source to operate efficiently. Even small interruptions in power can lead to equipment malfunction, hardware damage, software corruptions, and data loss apart from a jarring experience to the patients. In addition to this haematology labs that analyse samples that run timed processes if interrupted due to power outages can impact lab results which could be crucial to initiating treatment and patients life, loss of the sample being analysed and can cost additional time to schedule and reprocess. Hence, in addition to a backup power source provided by a generator, hospitals are also required to be equipped with a contingency power system to keep all keep life support machines, and other health care tools working in order to save and sustain lives.

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Systems provide immediate, short term electricity as a backup in the event of an electrical power failure. These are different from a standby generator as in the event of disruption or power outage, the input power is provided instantaneously in the form of energy stored in batteries. In addition to providing instant, but temporary power backup until the generators start up and take over, UPS also protects expensive and sensitive medical equipments from damage caused by power quality issues like sags/brownouts, transients, harmonic distortions, frequency variations and swells. Non-availability of a contingency backup power provided by UPS is and could quickly escalate into a case of life or death for patients who are reliant on life support systems and a nightmare for healthcare workers and families.

There are several potential applications and equipments to be connected to a UPS in a hospital which relies on availability of continuous power and its quality to avoid malfunctions, system errors and life-threatening downtimes. Few examples are Surgical Equipments & Operating Rooms, Intensive Care Units and Recovery Rooms, Operating Lights, Life Support Equipments like Ventilators and Incubators, Patient Monitoring Equipments, Medical Gas Monitoring System, Diagnostic Imaging Devices (MRI, CT, Ultrasound etc.,), Clinical Laboratory Equipments, Refrigerators to store Vaccines and Temperature-Sensitive & Critical Medications, IT equipments for data management – HIS (hospital information system) and PeHR (patient electronic health records) and nursing stations.

A dependable source for uninterrupted power is an import factor that ensures day-to-day operation of a healthcare facility to fulfil its promise in patient care, safety and comfort. In addition to this a UPS ensures exceptional efficiency of medical equipments and long-term cost savings.

Fuji Electric Fuji Electric Consul Neowatt offers state-of-the-art online UPS. Falcon series is the most technologically advanced three phase output UPS. We offer complete range of IGBT Rectifier with Built-in transformer and transformerless UPS solutions from 10kVA to 800kVA (single module) and up to 8 units can be paralleled for any facility, Industrial, Medical and Datacenter applications.

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