In today’s world, it’s important to be prepared for anything. For hospitals, this includes being able to continue running normally in the event of a blackout or other emergency. The importance of having a backup generator is critical to ensure patient safety and hospital efficiency.
Why are generators used in hospitals?
If there was a local where uninterrupted power is essential then few places would be more important than hospitals. The continual running of the equipment in a hospital really could mean life for death, especially in an intensive care unit or operating room, and giving blocks out are more likely during extreme weather conditions when more people are likely to be injured and need medical help. You can see why the continued operation of the hospital is very important.
Different Types of Back Power in Hospitals
Backup power systems in hospitals are generally separated into two types, UPS or uninterrupted power supplies and standby power systems. The purpose of the uninterrupted power supply is to provide temporary power during a momentary power outage or until the standby power supply system kicks in.
This consists of battery backup power designed to last for the minutes it takes to reinstate power. The stand by power supply is used to provide sustained power during emergencies. This would normally consist of a generator which would start automatically when the power is lost. However, as the kind of large generator needed for the hospital can take up to 90 seconds, this is why the use of a UPS is so important.
During day to day operations of a hospital, the power supplier should be the last thing on the minds of 99% of the people in the hospital. This is why it is important to have a well trained and dedicated team to ensure that the backup power is ready to go at a moment’s notice 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Some occasions when the back power supplier will be used can be predicted and anticipated for such as extreme weather conditions. However, others simply cannot be, for example, if a power line comes down or a substation outage. For this reason, the back power supply really is an emergency service for emergency service.
Generators are used to save lives
For anyone who has experienced a blackout, you understand how much it can affect your day to day life in your own home. Now imagine the damage and loss of life which could occur if the power was lost to a hospital. From people on life support equipment and going in for surgery, to the blood and medical suppliers stored in refrigerators, it isn’t difficult to see the impact a power outage could have.
Generators are helpful at the time of natural disaster
During a natural disaster, it is the unfortunate truth that the people will be injured and will need to visit the hospital, this is on top of the normal admissions hospitals see every day. It is for this reason that keeping hospitals operational as normally as possible is so important, to ensure those injured during a natural disaster can still receive the treatment they urgently need.
Maintaining Your Emergency Generator
Keeping your emergency generator or generators in working order is of paramount importance, you must be able to rely on the equipment to step in as soon as the power cuts out. Even if you have an engineer on-site and something goes wrong during a blackout. If repairs or mechanical work is needed this will result in a full loss of power to the hospital and potential loss of life.
Emergency Power Standards
As the neglect of entire lack of backup power in hospitals can easily course the unnecessary loss of, like many countries, have strict laws on the requirement for backup power. Please note that this article is not designed to provide advice regarding legal requirements. If you are looking to install backup power please contact our local authority to ensure it meets the requirements in your country.
One potential loss during a power output that is sometimes overlooked is data loss. Whether it is treatment history or plan, or medical research this information is commonly stored on servers in the hospital. Ideally, this data will be backed up to an offsite location however this is not always done. For this reason, backup power is essential, you do also have the option for independent UPS and backup power for this equipment.
Don’t panic- Standby generators are there
Whether you are working in a hospital during a natural disaster or are a patient receiving vital treatment, power cuts should be the last thing on your mind. And thanks to backup power you can rest assured that even if power is lost, things in the hospital can run as normal.
The importance of backup generators for hospitals is clear. What’s not so clear, though, is how to properly size and maintain your generator system. Are you confident in the knowledge that you have about these systems? You don’t want a hospital or healthcare facility relying on an ineffective backup power source during an emergency situation such as Hurricane Irma! Call Bellwood Rewinds today at 01429 264 097 and we will be happy to answer any questions. You should be confident you have all the information and equipment necessary to make sure your hospital has what it needs when disaster strikes!