Considering UPS System Protection?

September 18, 2015


Considering UPS Systems Protection

For facilities, providing access to a reliable emergency power source, particularly during unstable weather conditions, is a critical, necessary part of an overall energy master plan.

However, the demands change when you’re managing a healthcare facility, the most vulnerable of structures. For one, your facility is tasked with keeping ailing and health compromised patients stable, protected and alive. Not an easy task.

Secondly, a parade of new equipment intended to offer more services often creates new challenges.

And, there’s the constant push for greater efficiencies and higher Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores to consider too.

When considered as a group, these variables may create a tipping point in which the installation of an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system is a necessity for your healthcare facility.

The real trick about UPS systems: Finding and selecting the right equipment that addresses the greatest number of redundancies early on in the process.

Why? Often, medical equipment vendors suggest the installation of a UPS system later than sooner, meaning it may only provide a partial, immediate solution for one piece of medical equipment, like the MRI (a popular target due to lower tolerances to power problems), and not address multiple needs.

In addition to making the right call on the best UPS system for your healthcare facility, it’s important to test and maintain them once they’re installed.

Something as small and simple to fix as a loose wire can make all the difference between a working UPS and system failure, one more reason your healthcare facility must have and follow a consistent preventative maintenance strategy.

The good news: Many modern UPS systems are modular, meaning units can be repaired and maintained while still providing coverage, so maintaining and testing them on a set schedule — quarterly, twice yearly or annually — is easy.

Also, part of any maintenance routine should be the ongoing testing of your UPS during a “scheduled” emergency to ensure response times remain effective and identify points of failure.

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For guidance on UPS systems for your facility, contact Vanguard Resources.