Health Business: Importance Of Medical UPS Maintenance

“Prevention is better than cure”. It’s a well-worn phrase, but it still rings true when it comes to medical UPS maintenance.

There’s so much medical equipment that relies upon a clean and consistent power supply. Ground-breaking scanners and monitors, X-ray machines. And that’s before we even consider the more mundane but just as essential devices and infrastructure – heating, air conditioning, lights, IT systems, and telephones.

health business magazine logoIn a healthcare environment, even the slightest interruption or fluctuation to the electricity could literally mean the difference between life and death. The last thing a surgeon performing high-pressure procedures needs is the extra worry about equipment reliability.

Preventive maintenance is absolutely crucial to keep an uninterruptible power supply working at peak performance. This is true in any setting, but perhaps even more so when we’re talking about medical UPS maintenance.

Riello UPS General Manager Leo Craig shares his power protection know-how with Health Business, one of the UK’s leading publications for healthcare professionals and hospital management.

Surgical team of 3 performing procedure on patient in a hospital operating theatre full of medical equipment
PREVENTION BETTER THAN CURE: Medical equipment downtime can sometimes literally mean the difference between life and death

Why Is Medical UPS Maintenance Important For Hospitals?

He explains the main benefits of adopting a proactive approach to UPS maintenance. Ultimately, it’ll minimise downtime and promote uptime. But regular UPS maintenance also improves energy efficiency. It also encourages better budgeting and forward-planning, an added bonus as the NHS faces continued pressures.

The feature also shares some key questions a hospital administrator or facilities manager should ask a prospective UPS supplier. Sadly, not all medical UPS maintenance providers are equal. So it’s important to clarify exactly what’s being offered before signing on the dotted line.

Amongst the queries Leo recommends asking are:

  • What emergency response times are available?
  • Do I need a UPS maintenance plan if my unit is under warranty?
  • What’s the situation with spare and replacement UPS parts?
  • Are your UPS engineers trained and fully-certified?
  • Do you offer remote UPS monitoring?
  • Are Preventative Maintenance Visits (PMVs) included?

Get all the answers and more about the importance of medical UPS maintenance at the Health Business website