Improving Resilience and Reducing Hospital Downtime Through Advanced Electrical Monitoring and Measurement Techniques

Hospitals and healthcare estates are unable to tolerate shutdown, loss of power or electrical failure.  Even maintenance regimes can be difficult to implement with high demands placed on private and NHS hospital teams for high availability of theatres.

Problems caused by electrical failure cause loss of power to equipment and critical care areas, fire, equipment damage and electrocution.   While the consequences vary, it can often result in disruption to clinical activity, financial penalties and loss of revenue not to mention the significant engineering time and resource that is deployed.

The costs of running an operating theatre are high, but when shutdown occurs the costs can be even higher due to penalties and engineering time. The extent of overall losses in a given year across all hospital departments if downtime is not managed can be significant.

Downtime related to electrical issues is partly the result of insulation faults and electrical or equipment failure, and partly of the statutory requirement to disconnect for periodic inspection and testing such traditional insulation resistance test.

Estates personnel are continuously challenged to balance the needs of high availability from clinical teams with their own obligations to provide a safe and compliant electrical system.

Clinical departments are run like a process and are all interconnected therefore disruption in one area can have a knock-on effect throughout the entire hospital.

This presentation looks at how new generation monitoring technology combined with medical IT power systems and auto change over technology can deliver not only greater resilience in healthcare estates across the UK and Ireland and across the Bender Group counties, but negate the need to disconnect to test.

New methods being used to minimise electrical downtime with unique condition monitoring concepts that comply with the 18th regulations in a different way.

We will discuss how operations in healthcare estates can be reconsidered