The failure of hospital medical equipment, especially operating room equipment that causes a halt in their activities, is generally due to the fact that an isolated energy power system is not properly installed to sustain the hospitalization of a patient.
An optimal installation of isolated power systems must be done and constant preventive maintenance should be performed to uphold the stability of these systems.
Every installation of isolated power systems must ensure a continuous power supply to the various equipment that provide patient care, especially when performing delicate procedures in which the patient’s life is at stake.
Requirements of a good isolated energy power system
Isolated power systems must meet the following requirements to ensure consistent installation and lifespan while minimizing the risks of failures: safety, reliability, quality in power supply, certification from recognized entities and authorities in the field, flexibility, and ease of maintenance.
These requirements can be verified in the following manner:
- Internationally accredited standard certification UL1047. This certification puts all manufacturers at the same level of minimum requirements and guarantees the construction of the isolation panel or board for hospital use.
- The board must undergo tests according to NFPA99 testing requirements by a certified technician to perform them on boards exclusively used for hospital isolation.
- The board has an annual maintenance card holder on the equipment door with the signature of the certified responsible technician.
In order for isolated power systems to be installed in hospitals, supplementary requirements must be fulfilled in addition to those previously mentioned for patient safety:
- The source of isolated power supplies must consist of the supply from the local power company and a provider of power system installation that is regulated and governed by competent entities. It should include an electrical conduit system with protections that connect the systems to the medical equipment, lastly, the connection points must be in good condition.
- It is the responsibility of the hospital administration to ensure that the isolated power system is properly implemented, fully meeting its requirements, in order to avoid endangering the patient’s life. Furthermore, the system should undergo regular and preventive maintenance.
The measures are aimed at raising awareness in the market regarding the implementation of isolated power systems, ensuring that they continue to be managed according to best practices with the required certifications. This is done to safeguard the quality of care in hospitals and prevent any risks to the lives of patients.
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