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Backup Power Systems for Healthcare

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 21, 2018
South Shore Generator - KOLHER Industrial Generator

Healthcare is changing rapidly, and hospital and clinic staff are working hard to improve patient outcomes while simultaneously controlling costs. It’s not a simple task, and it’s one that’s brought even more high-tech solutions to medical facilities. With this new technology comes an increased need for reliable, 24/7 backup power.

HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE

Today, providers can access electronic health records instantly through a health information exchange (HIE). An HIE brings incredible convenience and, by providing key information quickly, can even improve outcomes during emergency situations. Yet it also increases the need to protect privacy and ensure HIPPA compliance.

DATA ANALYTICS

Big data has also become an essential part of the healthcare transformation, as hospitals and practices sort through clinical, claims and socioeconomic data to identify key trends and opportunities. Through data analytics, health systems are increasingly able to identify and target opportunities to help patients better manage chronic conditions and avoid hospital readmissions.

PATIENT CONNECTIVITY

While all this is happening behind the scenes, patients are noticing changes as well. Many are getting care from the comfort of home with telemedicine, and providers are even developing new virtual care centers to support this trend toward reaching more patients more efficiently.

It’s a rapidly changing landscape, but one thread runs through it: technology. For today’s Healthcare facilities, power isn’t just about keeping the lights on and equipment running. It’s also about keeping connected.

Accessing Facility Needs

POWER SUPPLY

Redundancy is an essential design feature in a hospital setting to ensure operating rooms keep running without disruption, medications are safely preserved and environmental control systems continue to function and protect against the spread of disease. To prevent interruptions to the power supply, all components, including the emergency systems, are installed in duplicate with multiple generator sets.

SECURITY

To comply with HIPPA and other regulations, electronic medical records and other key electronic data must be protected. If servers go down, even temporarily, sensitive data could be jeopardized.

A CAREFULLY CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT

To keep the healthcare environment operating in a safe manner, environmental control systems regulate indoor air quality (IAQ), temperature, humidity, airborne organisms and air pressure. These systems must be up and running at all times, which can require significantly different backup power systems for a large hospital vs. a small satellite clinic.

RESPONSE TIME

Healthcare facilities have power needs 24/7, so there’s no time to wait for a response team. They need a service team that can provide timely emergency recovery no matter where the power system is installed.

Accessing Facility Needs

Power Considerations

Hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and long-term care facilities are already some of the most complex places for backup power. And they’re becoming even more high tech. Yet each facility has its own needs and requires a customized solution to protect the significant investments made in state-of-the-art equipment. Here are some considerations when discussing your facility’s unique needs.

TOTAL SYSTEM INTEGRATION

A power system is only as good as the parts that define it. KOHLER engineers every detail down to the last bolt. This isn’t your typical power system. A KOHLER® industrial power system is designed and manufactured with KOHLER components—including generators, transfer switches, paralleling switchgear and controllers. No matter how large or complex your job, everything will work together seamlessly.

UPTIME AND RELIABILITY

Designing power systems that meet requirements for the highest levels of uptime requires expert attention to system architecture and equipment redundancy. Getting the right combination of uninterrupted power supply and generator sets is crucial to meet your facility’s needs. Kohler power systems enable your facility to comply with NEC and NFPA requirements and meet Joint Commission (JCAHO) accreditation and certification.

PERFORMANCE

A reliable power system plays a major role in preventing environmental and health disasters.

REDUNDANCY

Redundancy is an essential design feature built into healthcare facilities of all sizes, with essential components duplicated in the event that one component fails. While a facility might install a single large generator to meet its power needs, paralleling two or more generators with paralleling switchgear offers practical benefits and advantages over a single-generator system.

Generator sets should start providing backup power within seconds of a break in utility power supply, and transfer switches should provide seamless automatic switching between the electrical power from the utility and the backup power system.

For more information, contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.

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Industries that Need Backup Generators

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 09, 2018
South Shore Generator - 625 Kw Gaseous Unit in Wareham, MA

We’ve all experienced power outages at one point or another; probably more than once. Power outages can happen anytime, anywhere and for all kinds of reasons.

But when the power goes out, businesses have to handle situations differently. And, each business is different. Those that are prepared have backup systems and procedures in place, most of which include generators. And this is true of many businesses and industries across the nation.

What industries use backup generators? You may be surprised that a multitude of businesses use backup generators to keep their operations running 24/7 – even when the power goes out. Here are a few examples of some industries that use generators along with the reasons why.

Hospitality/Tourism

When the power goes out, these types of businesses need to make sure their guests are safe at all times.

Hotels – heating, lights, elevators, security cameras, communication services
Resorts – restaurants, trams or gondolas, pool filtration and pumps
Amusement Parks – rides, food storage and prep, restrooms, payment services
Zoos – keeping cages locked, heating/cooling animal enclosures, keeping the lights on for guests
Ski Areas – snow production machines, ski lifts, heating lodges and buildings
Casinos – slot machines, cash machines, security cameras, communication systems

Food

When the power fails companies in this sector can’t afford to lose all of their products due to temperature and conditions. Distribution Centers – freezers, refrigerators, loading banks, computing systems
Bakeries/Catering Centers – ovens, packaging equipment
Restaurants – stoves, refrigerators, lights for patrons, payment stations and cash registers
Ice Cream Trucks – freezers, payment station
Seafood Facilities – freezer storage, temperature stability, communications

Government/State Services

When the power goes out, these services must still be available.

Garbage & Recycling – separation equipment, cleaning equipment, computers
Water Treatment – pumps, filtration systems, computers, communications
Schools/Universities – lights, computer systems and servers, libraries
Embassies – computer servers, security cameras and checkpoints, gated entrances

Telecommunications

The telephone is critical equipment in an emergency situation when people need immediate assistance.

Cell Phone Towers - almost every one has a standby generator on it

Switching Facilities - often have to run these with prime power in remote areas or during outages

Retail

magine getting stuck in a pitch black store?

Retailers must ensure that their customers, employees, and products are safe during a power failure.

Department Stores – lights, payment stations, security cameras
Car Dealerships – lights, computers, security cameras
Gas Stations – lights, pumps, payment services, security cameras

Entertainment

The show must go on. At a play, movies, or concert, the need for power is never ending.

Film Crews – cameras, lighting, microphones/sound computers
Concerts – lighting, sound boards, speakers, computers, ticket systems, payment systems
Events – ticketing systems, lights, communications, payment systems

Power Plants and Energy

To avoid running out of power modern power plants have generators installed for worst case scenarios.

Nuclear Power Plants - most have standby gensets installed for contingency plans
Wind Farms - for when the wind does not blow, many wind farms have backup generator sets in place
Solar Power Plants - for when the sun does not shine! Many solar installations use backup gensets
Renewable Energy Facilities & Microgrids - systems with combined renewables and energy storage often have gensets

Miscellaneous

There are all types of other companies that could potentially lose millions of dollars’ worth of products and services in just a few short hours of power loss. To avoid this worst case scenario, they utilize backup generators to keep production running seamlessly. This is just a handful of the types of businesses and industries that utilize backup generators to keep things running smoothly. If you’d like to learn more about industrial backup generators contact South Shore Generator in Wareham, MA.


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