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In 2003, the northeastern part of the United States experienced a power outage that left eight states without power. Hospitals and healthcare facilities were not immune.

Power Dependency

Medical devices run on electricity. If the power goes out, emergency backup power systems are relied on to continue to keep operations going. This is true in hospitals, healthcare facilities, and even in-home care networks.

When blackouts occur, patients, staff, and doctors are affected in various negative ways. 

NFPA 110

In order to better regulate these systems within health care facilities, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) established stringent requirements for generator and standby power system testing.  One such standard is the NFPA 110.

NFPA 110 – the Standard for maintaining Emergency and Standby Power Systems provides specific requirements for testing of an emergency generator (one carrying National Electrical Code 700 loads).  The standard requires the provision for an alternate source of electrical power in buildings and facilities in the event a normal electrical power source fails. Systems include power sources, transfer equipment, controls, supervisory equipment, and accessory equipment.

Section 8.3.6.1 of NFPA 110 calls for the maintenance of lead-acid batteries, including the monthly testing and recording of electrolyte-specific gravity (when applicable or warranted) or battery conductance testing.

Reliability Assured

NFPA 110 ensures a high degree of reliability that the emergency backup power systems will perform as required. While compliance with this code is required for any emergency system, the greatest attention to the NFPA 110 is seen in the healthcare industry. This is being driven, in part, from additional oversight by the Joint Commission, an independent non-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

Consequences of a Blackout

Loss of HVAC systems
Loss of water pressure
Loss of lighting for necessary surgical procedures
Inability to sterilize instruments
Loss of respiratory devices and other critical equipment being utilized by patients
Inability to register patients and access electronic patient data
Loss of patient signaling system to ask for assistance from medical staff
Loss of elevator operation for transporting patients and supplies between floors
Inability to access medication, vaccines, and other medical supplies that required keyless entry 

Power Assurance

With over 30 years of patented conductance-based technology,  Midtronics offers a multitude of tools to assure compliance with NFPA 110 (and many other such regulations), most notably the CELLTRON GENSTART and the CELLTRON ADVANTAGE battery testers. 

For more information on how Midtronics could provide a critical, cost saving solution, Contact Us. We have experts standing by that will answer your questions and recommend the solution that is right for you.

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