ASHE Conducts Survey on Essential Electrical Systems in Healthcare Facilities

October 08, 2014

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) recently conducted a survey to gauge the level of reliability of essential electrical systems (EES) in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. The survey findings were published in the winter edition of Inside ASHE magazine.

Biomed Monthly – Jult 2014In the survey, ASHE discovered that the EES installed in various hospitals proved to be highly dependable, easily serviceable, jumpstart properly, and efficiently distribute power throughout an outage at about 98 percent of the time. In terms of hospital emergency preparedness, most clinical facilities commonly set up their EES, generators, and fuel storage above the flood plain for protection from catastrophic events such as hurricanes.

The survey was distributed via email to 1,558 professional active society members, and covered the aspects of power outages and the EES performance within a three-year period from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014. Most of the respondents employ four or fewer generators within their EES and the rest have 20 to 51 generators servicing their facility electrical systems.

ASHE Senior Associate Director of Advocacy Jonathan Flannery, who spearheaded the survey, explained that the data denotes a high degree of reliability for essential electrical systems (EES) in health care facilities. “Having such a great rate of return from our members allows this data to be statistically reliable and therefore serviceable for establishing codes and standards in the years to come,” he added.

In conclusion, results of the survey showed that EES failures were caused by various electrical safety-related issues including failure of the automatic transfer switch (ATS), miscarriages on hose, coolant leak, single generator overheat, and failure of the turbo in one of the generators.

Electrical distribution systems in hospitals and other healthcare facilities are required to be equipped with essential electrical systems to deliver even minimal light and power for life safety in the event of electrical service interruption and outage. Thanks to biomedical engineering advancements, ensuring the delivery of quality patient care and safety can be easier with the right design of equipment like EES.

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) is one of the largest biomedical associations dedicated to optimizing the health care physical environment. Supporting the missions common to biomedical associations across the U.S., AIV is committed to advancing awareness and providing resources to help all national, state, and local groups in the biomedical and clinical engineering field. Learn more about the biomedical and healthcare technology management organizations that we support at www.aiv-inc.com/biomed-associations.html

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