Power Backup Requirements in the Medical Industry: Hospitals, Surgical Centers, Doctors Offices, Test Labs

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Hospital

Hospitals have many uses for power backup.  All major hospitals have backup generators which will provide power during a utility failure for the emergency room, operating rooms, ICU and other critical areas of the hospital.  These are typically large diesel generators which need routine maintenance.  This maintenance should be performed by a trained professional due to the critical nature of these systems. Computer based systems may also need battery backup or UPS systems.  These battery based products provide power almost instantly after the utility failure and will provide the critical power until the generators are up to speed which can be from 20 seconds to 2 minutes.  This supported equipment can not tolerate even a short outage without losing critical data. These can be desk computers which handle patient data, communications equipment, or computer based equipment such as MRI and other diagnostic tools. UPS systems like generators also need periodic maintenance to verify performance.  These can include battery checks, charging circuit performance and switch on times.

 Surgery Center 

 A growing area in the medical industry are out patient surgery centers.  These facilities cover minor operations like arthroscopy, plastic surgery, and others.  They also handle diagnostics like colonoscopies and other routine tests. Smaller generators to keep the lights and surgical equipment running during a utility outage are often mandatory.  In addition, computers and computer controlled systems will also need a battery backup UPS system.

Doctor’s Office

A doctor’s office may not require a generator for longer term backup, but they will all haveUPS systems backing up their computers and diagnostic equipment. Many tests either require immediate results or will take several hours to complete.  In either case protection from a power failure is essential.  Many of these backups maybe smaller units but they must have their batteries checked routinely.  Batteries in these systems typically last 3 to 5 years but if stored in a warm area like a closet, batteries may fail in as little as 1 year.

Diagnostic Centers

There are many testing labs which provide test results to doctors and hospitals.  These may be blood tests or other and sometimes analysis takes hours of processing.  They can not afford a power failure which might destroy the sample.  It can be costly to have the patient return or deadly in a dire emergency.


It is necessary for the equipment to be backed up with a battery backup UPS system.  This systems must be serviced on a regular basis to ensure that their batteries will provide power in the event of a power outage.

 For a white paper on medical power backup go to: “Power Protection for Digital Medical Imaging and Diagnostic Equipment” by APC. 

For more information on the UPS systems from 500VA to 500KVA and Generators to 2MW or to request a service quote contact the experts at UPSProtection/Automated Power click here or call 800.755.0080. 

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