Secure power for operating theatres

Energy management specialist Schneider Electric has released a secure power distribution and monitoring solution for hospital operating theatres.

The company said the solution delivers almost 100 per cent electric power availability to help ensure patient safety while increasing the efficiency of medical and maintenance personnel.

The solution comprises a tightly integrated and pretested electrical switchboard, uninterruptible power supply, and a monitoring system compliant with all applicable regulations and standards.

A large, touch panel screen in each operating theatre presents environmental conditions, the status of medical gases, and visual and audible alarms on the occurrence of an insulation or electrical fault, enabling fast decisions by doctors and nurses regarding whether to proceed.

Maintenance personnel are simultaneously alerted by mobile phone or pager to enable them to respond quickly and correct the problem. Supervisory personnel benefit from real-time views of conditions across all operating theatres and recording of all electrical events and environmental parameters for 100 per cent traceability and reporting in support of accountability for patient safety.

“A hospital can now ensure the safety of its electrical supply and, in turn, the safety of patients, with a fully integrated and reliable system from a single, trusted manufacturer," Schneider Electric's vice president for power business, David Gardner, said.

“The rich data displays, alarming and event traceability will give hospital administrators confidence that medical personnel will stay focused on their patients, procedures will run smoothly, and any problems will be addressed quickly and be fully documented.”

Compliant with Australian Standards, including AS/NZS 3003 – 2011 and AS/NZS 4510 – 1999, the solution delivers a high level of power quality, continuity of service, and a range of innovative design and wiring methods that prevent electromagnetic disturbances.

Schneider Electric has also announced the latest version of its automated Emergency Power Supply System (EPSS) test solution to help hospitals ensure their back-up power systems are always ready to perform and are compliant with all maintenance and testing regulations.

The EPSS test solution automates and streamlines test procedures while electronically documenting a wide range of test measurement data points, making it easy to report on emergency power system status as needed.

It can also feature as part of a larger monitoring system that can verify utility costs and look at power quality from the utility service entrance right through final distribution to critical equipment, like MRI or CAT scan machines.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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