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In the healthcare industry, every second matters. Your medical facility electrical design needs to be designed right if you want to save patients’ lives. So when building or renovating a medical facility, make sure you account for everything with a complete healthcare electrical design! Manning Design and Engineering Group is an electrical design solutions company that provides everything from MRI or X-ray diagnostic equipment replacement electrical designs to a full-blown new healthcare facility with a code-required emergency backup generator and electrical distribution system. Also, you can count on our team for help if you have generator or automatic transfer switch questions.

Backup Generators For Hospitals

How important are backup generators for hospitals? Most medical facilities require a secondary power source. Depending on the licensing agency requirements, type of facility and hours of operation, a standby generator and emergency distribution system are usually code-required and also good design practice.

To prevent power outage issues and to stay code compliant, consider including a standby generator for hospitals and some healthcare facilities as part of your facility’s electrical infrastructure. No hospital electrical design is approved without a reliable emergency power source that can keep the facility running for numerous days. But keep in mind that you can’t just choose any generator. You need to work with a healthcare facility electrical design specialist who can provide you with a unit that meets both your and the code-required patients’ needs.

So if you’re looking for a reliable system that can provide you with durable, high-quality standby generators for a healthcare facility, turn straight to Manning Design and Engineering Group. Whether you’re a hospital administrator or a fellow electrical engineer, we can help!

Hospital Generator Requirements

Hospital electrical design experts know how important generators are. Even a few seconds of a power failure would already place the patients and staff at risk. So to ensure that everything goes smoothly even in the face of danger, the NFPA requires hospital generators to meet the following:

Routine Inspections: There are regular weekly and monthly inspections to see if you’re abiding by the proper testing and maintenance standards. Depending on your local government and licensing agency requirements, it could be done randomly or on a set schedule.

Right Sizing: Ask your hospital electrical design team about the generator system capacity because you’ll need to be sure the system is not under- or over-sized. Make sure to have a list of everything that you would prefer to be supported by a standby generator and your electrical design team will help you with the code-required loads. Of course, future loads and load shedding need to be factored in as well.

Running Time: According to most healthcare facility generator requirements, you should have enough fuel to keep the unit running for at least 96 hours. Also, the generator is required to support life safety loads within ten seconds after a power failure. It’s important that you meet these guidelines for your patients and the regulatory agencies.

Diagnostic Equipment

MRI and CT scanners, X-Rays, Nuclear Medicine and Linear Accelerator (LINAC) devices are all advanced pieces of equipment that capture images or focus treatment of the inside of a patient’s body. But before an institution gets approved for any machine, they usually need a Certificate of Need and then a facility will assess if the electrical load can be supported by the capacity of the facility’s electrical distribution system. These units often consume an enormous amount of instantaneous energy. So your hospital electrical design team needs to ensure that it doesn’t affect any other equipment in the facility and that the entire electrical distribution system can support the added equipment.

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