Expert suggests healthcare emergency power best practices

In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, there has been much discussion about the emergency power systems in healthcare facilities and what should be done to safeguard against negative impacts on patent care.

By Healthcare Facilities Today


In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, there has been much discussion about (and some investigation into) the emergency power systems in healthcare facilities and what should be done to safeguard against negative impacts on patent care. 

In a January 2013 article in Health Facilities Management magazine, one expert offers advice on best practices to reduce vulnerabilities within the power systems. 

The article, “After the storm: Expanding the concept of emergency power reliability” suggests that while the facilities managers know different types of electrical failures can occur, that information is not always shared with the clinical professionals. The article recommends that facilities professionals educate doctors and nurses on the types of electrical failure possible in clinical spaces and the appropriate responses for each type. 

Updating utility failure procedure manuals and making sure procedures are covered in regular training exercises are also advised.  

The article further goes on to discuss the recommended maintenance of transfer switches and fuel oil storage containers – and that it may be time to consider new standards for these recommendations. 




January 22, 2013


Topic Area: Energy and Power , Industry News


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