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MICHAEL FARADAY

Prevention of occupational hazards in hospitals

It is essential to guarantee the prevention of occupational risks to all workers in health centers.

The famous popular saying “in the blacksmith’s house, a wooden knife” can well be applied to the prevention of occupational hazards in hospitals. The reason? That historically occupational health has not been especially considered in centers that, precisely, look after the health of people and patients.

A contradiction that in recent years, fortunately, has undergone an important paradigm shift. The job security of health workers begins to gain more and more strength. Especially, after situations as serious as those we have experienced with the coronavirus pandemic. But there is a lot of work to be done.

Hospitals are those large work centers whose activity encompasses the diagnosis, treatment and care of the sick. But, and sometimes even more important, with lives at stake, it is essential to value the work of professionals.

8 ETKHO solutions for electrical safety in operating rooms

Electrical safety in medical centers, especially in critical hospital areas, is a matter that must be considered with the utmost seriousness.

Having a well-designed and complete electrical system is equivalent to taking all possible precautions beforehand and, therefore, facing the potential complications related to hospital electrical safety.

Not surprisingly, hospital units are contexts with high risks of electrical failures if they do not have an adequate electrical safety system. We are talking about failures that are not only limited to material equipment, but can cause damage and human loss.

At ETKHO, as experts in hospital electrical safety, we are specialized in the manufacture of electrical safety equipment and services for hospitals and operating rooms.

Automatic switching systems

These devices are crucial for the proper functioning of the electrical network in hospital areas, especially when faults may arise.

In recent times, the continuity of service in low voltage electrical installations has become essential. Especially in the hospital setting. This requirement is essential to create facilities that, economically and functionally, are efficient.

The reason? The reduction to the minimum of the problems derived from electrical failures thanks to a system that, automatically, is capable of switching the power supply from the main line to an emergency one.

Automatic switching incorporates sequences that automatically control system components without operator intervention.

Operation of a surgery control room: key safety devices in supervision

The isolation watchdog and multi-repeater, together with the alarm repeaters, are fundamental elements in the security, control and supervision of operating rooms.

Safety in surgery and operating room control is one of the pillars for the proper functioning of the interventions, as well as to guarantee their success.

It is just as important that medical personnel know the characteristics, risks and security solutions as well as having the best devices and elements so that nothing interrupts an operation / intervention.

Technology for the disinfection of COVID-19 in critical hospital areas

The coronavirus pandemic has driven innovation and improved disinfection in all hospital areas.

One of the immediate consequences of COVID-19 has been the intensification of cleaning and disinfection measures in hospitals, especially in critical areas.

Cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces of health centers has been and continues to be a great effort. Especially considering that virus germs can survive in any area of ​​a hospital.

Health certifications in hospitals

El diseño hospitalario, en los últimos años, está evolucionando a gran velocidad, incorporando paulatinamente elementos y conceptos que responden a las necesidades de pacientes, familias y personal sanitario.

No en vano, cada vez somos más conscientes del brutal efecto de los hospitales sobre el planeta a nivel de huella de carbono, consumo de energía, la producción de dioxinas carcinogénicas por la incineración de los desechos hospitalarios, etc.

Así, los centros de salud son instalaciones que, en aras de proveer atención de salud con calidad y calidez, no pueden dejar de lado las connotaciones técnicas, tecnológicas, administrativas y éticas que este asunto lleva aparejadas.

Hospital design: building the healthcare centers of the future

Hospital design, in recent years, has been evolving at high speed, gradually incorporating elements and concepts that respond to the needs of patients, families and healthcare personnel.

Not surprisingly, we are increasingly aware of the brutal effect of hospitals on the planet in terms of carbon footprint, energy consumption, the production of carcinogenic dioxins due to the incineration of hospital waste, etc.

Thus, health centers are facilities that, in order to provide quality and warm health care, cannot ignore the technical, technological, administrative and ethical connotations that this matter carries with it.

Isolation transformers for medical use

Medical-grade electrical transformers prevent system failures and protect patients and healthcare personnel from electrical shock.

Circuits that cannot withstand direct current load need protection. The isolation transformer provides that protection, increasing or declining the alternating currents before they reach the main equipment to which it is connected.

Therefore, isolation transformers separate a part of an electrical circuit from the main powers, guaranteeing the proper functioning of the unit. We are talking about transformers that are similar to any other type, but found in applications that have sensitive circuits.

The transformers for clinical use are manufactured to guarantee the maximum safety of hospital patients, managing to isolate the external electrical supply from the power supply of the different elements and machines used in medicine.

Hospital engineering for the design of the hospitals of the future

The work of hospital engineers is essential to introduce new technologies and materials in hospitals.

Hospital engineers are professionals whose recognition is usually not related to their importance in clinical management. These professionals play a key role in achieving centres that are more sustainable and adapted to the new social and health realities.

Nobody is aware that the future of hospitals lies in the development of the concept of smart hospitals. And it is in this evolution where efficiency, safety and well-being of the patient come into play as absolute priorities.

Machine learning in hospitals: what it is, applications and advantages

The healthcare system is one of the fields in which Machine Learning technologies can be further developed. The ability of machines to learn has established itself as a key factor behind countless aspects of everyday life. In this regard, machine learning seems like the branch of artificial intelligence that has the most power of influence. Its main mission is to create an AI with the ability to learn automatically thanks to the accumulation of data.

The healthcare sector has been working for years to get the most out of great machine learning. And it is that this technological advance plays a determining role in the development of medical procedures or data management. A sector that is transforming by leaps and bounds thanks to machine learning that, among other things, allows patients to predict, treat and diagnose diseases.

Design and organization of critical hospital areas

Patients, services, specialties, types of units, medical equipment … In the design and organization of critical hospital areas, a whole series of aspects must be assessed to guarantee the safety and proper functioning of the health center.

There are infinite options to define the different types of health centers: depending on their size, the services they provide,… However, in a generic way, we can define a hospital as a building where functions related to people’s health are carried out , in addition to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Each hospital has its peculiarities. However, there are some basic aspects about the design and organization of critical hospital areas that are important to assess.

Electrical safety regulations in hospitals: what they are for and why comply with them

Electrical safety in hospitals is a matter of absolute priority to avoid problems with electric current that could harm the operation of the health center and the health of patients. In this article we reflect on these standards, what they are like, what they are for and why it is important to comply with them.

Do not forget that most medical devices are electronic and are powered by power sources and the electrical network. Therefore, if an electrical safety failure occurs, the risk of injury to the patient is high.

Hospital ground panels and electrical outlets: what they are, what they are for and benefits

In hospitals and health centers, each machine has its mission or objective. In the case of hospital ground panels and electrical outlets, they help prevent and avoid contact voltages within critical medical areas. The possibility of electrical shocks caused by poor equipment grounding is one of the great risks faced by patients and healthcare personnel.

For this reason, it is essential to have adequate health technology, especially with the devices that guarantee the perfect functioning of electromedicine.

Hospital earth panels and electrical outlets are essential to help prevent contact voltages within hospitals and, especially, in operating rooms, ICUs or, in general, critical hospital areas.

New technological advances in medicine

Thanks to technology, medicine is becoming more efficient every day and allows us to take better care of people’s health. At the same time, advances in technology make life easier for medical professionals, reducing waiting lists or human error. Artificial intelligence, big data, mobile applications for health … new technological advances in medicine have arrived to improve our lives and the health of all people.

Technology evolves and advances so fast that humanity will always lag behind. We have not finished implementing new technological advances in medicine, when new revolutionary trends are already emerging.

Motor arm systems for critical areas and operating rooms

The main objective of tools for the health sector is usually to facilitate the work of doctors and the medical team and, of course, reduce human error. In this sense, an example of technology in hospitals are motor arm systems, especially in critical areas and operating rooms.

One of the most common medical instruments in hospitals are motor arm systems or articulated arm systems, whose advantages and benefits are multiple.

This system is an instrument made with innovative technology to facilitate surgical interventions and, at the same time, help in the recovery and well-being process of patients who have undergone surgery.

Extreme climatic conditions in a hospital: basic aspects and good practices

Although hospitals are safe places, they can also be affected by the weather. In most cases, the main consequence of extreme weather conditions such as a cold and snowy storm is usually the increase in patients, which can collapse a hospital if it is not prepared for it. However, there are certain basic measures to help ensure the operation of a hospital in times of extreme weather conditions.

The world said goodbye to 2020 with some relief for turning its back on the “year of the pandemic”, but in Spain 2021 it surprised us with a storm baptized as Filomena that has left historical snowfalls. Today we want to talk about how to prepare for extreme weather conditions in a hospital.

Hospital modernization: electrical safety to guarantee the use of technology

In medical consultations it is increasingly rare, or almost impossible, to see the doctor writing a prescription by hand. Now doctors use the computer and, in most cases, we don’t even need them to print the prescription.

Thanks to technology, the information goes directly to the health card that we present at the pharmacy to receive the prescribed medicine. This is just one example of how technology has modernized the healthcare sector in recent decades, which means greater efficiency in this service but also implies a greater need for electrical safety.

Electrical supply in hospitals: essential areas and possibilities for improvement

A hospital has patients and needs, among many other resources, doctors, medicines, machinery and, of course, a good electricity supply. Although today technology and electricity are present in all areas and sections of a hospital or healthcare center, the most common is that hospital electrical safety systems are especially focused on the most critical areas. However, there are other areas where the possibilities for improvement are obvious.

Although when we talk about hospitals, the first thing that appears in our mind are the doctors, there are essential aspects that go beyond the human team of a health center. We are talking about the importance of electricity supply in hospitals.

Sustainability in hospitals: beyond the efficient use of electric power supply

Sustainability has become one of the great challenges for society and, of course, also for hospitals. In Spain, many hospitals and health centers were built decades ago and now need to be renovated to be more sustainable, both in terms of the efficient use of the electricity supply and the facilities themselves. All this with a clear objective: to achieve energy savings and reduce emissions and the environmental footprint.

To guarantee the sustainability of the system and reduce its social and environmental impact, the only alternative is to be more efficient in the use of resources and energy. For this reason, it is vitally important that hospitals and health centers think about long-term sustainable development.

Telemedicine: present and future of technology for health

During the pandemic caused by the coronavirus, there was a collapse of health centers. At that time, face-to-face healthcare was limited to extremely serious or urgent cases. This situation highlighted the need to promote telemedicine, an option that, thanks to technology, opens up new options for medical care and telematic monitoring both in health centers and hospitals.

A study carried out by ESADE and the Barcelona Health Hub shows that during the pandemic almost 100% of scheduled medical visits were carried out via telemedicine. In fact, in April 2020, 85% of outpatient consultations in many hospitals were done by phone.

SCADA system in hospitals: what is it and how does it work?

The implementation of technology and the digital transformation of the hospital sector is a priority issue for the management of any hospital or healthcare center. The optimization of tasks related to the health field, not only makes hospital management much more efficient, but also facilitates the work of employees at the same time that it contributes to guaranteeing patient safety. To achieve this automated and hospital management, the SCADA system is used in hospitals.

What is the SCADA system? Never have five letters defined the future of hospital management so well. SCADA stands for Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition, which already gives us certain clues of its usefulness.

Patient safety: prevent error and reduce risks with hospital engineering

We can all learn from mistakes, but there are many mistakes that are fatal and must be avoided, especially when it comes to medical and health care. 4 out of 10 patients worldwide suffer damage in primary and outpatient healthcare.

80% of these damages can be prevented. In this context, patient safety is presented as a discipline in which all types of hospitals and health centers work. At the end of the day, caring and healing is its reason for being. However, little is said about how hospital electrical safety can help ensure the well-being of patients.

ETKHO Hospital Engineering: your best allies in hospital electrical safety

September is, par excellence, the month of new beginnings, challenges, changes … For this reason, we have launched a new brochure with information about our electrical safety equipment and services for critical and hospital areas. At ETKHO we are aware that this September hospitals are beginning to prepare for a possible second wave of coronavirus, in addition to colds, flu, etc.

In this sense, it is time for health centers and hospitals to work so that their electrical safety is fully prepared for the avalanche of new patients expected in emergency rooms and, in general, in health centers during the fall.

Trends in the hospitals of the future: more technology to improve care and efficiency

We live immersed in a technological revolution that seems to have no end. We have barely adapted to a new technology when a new one rears its head. In the health area, the adoption of new technologies is increasingly present in all types of healthcare centers with a clear objective: to offer the best service to patients. In this context, we can glimpse certain trends and new technologies that will be present in the hospitals of the future.

If we think about the hospitals of the future, we all have a mental map of how they should be: safe, modern, specialized, efficient, … These are characteristics to which all healthcare centers aspire and serve as a guide for the work of researchers and experts .

Management of the electrical system in hospitals: requirements and recommendations

A power outage is an unforeseen event that must be avoided in hospitals. In these environments, and especially in critical areas such as the Intensive Care Unit, power failure can put patients’ lives at risk.

Therefore, as experts in electrical safety, in this article we want to address a series of requirements and recommendations for the management of the electrical system in hospitals. We will also address the issue of hospital energy efficiency, which helps to improve the performance of medical equipment while reducing consumption and thus the environmental impact of hospitals.

The coronavirus in ICUs in Latin America

Since the coronavirus was discovered in Wuhan in late December 2019, more than 20 million people have been infected worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean are the most affected both in number of cases and deaths.

Among the main difficulties in containing the virus is the fact that the health system in Latin American countries is much more complex and has more deficiencies than in Europe or Asia, especially in Intensive Care Units (ICU). In many cases, these critical areas of hospitals are unprepared to deal with a health crisis that has hit the entire world.

Operating room lighting: features, lamps and electrical safety

In hospitals there are multiple risk areas. But perhaps the most tense and critical moments are lived in the operating rooms, scalpel in hand, under the light of powerful lighting and trying to save the life of the patient on the stretcher.

With this backdrop, it is essential to guarantee optimal lighting in the operating room, as it is one of the fundamental elements for doctors to be able to carry out their work in a medical setting with guarantees. From ETKHO, with this article we want to highlight the importance of lighting in the operating room, its characteristics, types of surgical lamps and electrical safety systems.

Uninterruptible Power Systems: utility and benefits in the area of ​​health

There are a number of high-risk areas in hospitals, also known as critical hospital areas. In these areas (operating rooms, emergencies, etc.) there is a significant bacterial burden and there are patients who need, more than anyone else, a safe environment free of any type of risk to their health and their own lives. In this article we want to talk to you about Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS), their functionalities and benefits.

The demand for electricity is present in all areas of our lives, especially since technology is part of our daily lives. And this energy dependence can also be extrapolated to the health or hospital sector.

Ground connections in critical hospital areas

To understand what ground connections or earthing isolated power systems, it is important to know that all electrical power searches for any ground in order to close the circuit.

In this way, energy generally takes the shortest path and the one that represents the least resistance. Sometimes that short path can be through the human being.

Therefore, imagine that a patient is anesthetized and becomes the path to earth, the consequences can be lethal, because he will be unable to perform self-preservation actions or make decisions.

Smart operating rooms

Technology has currently enabled advancement in all areas of life, the health sector is no exception, and smart operating rooms are part of such advancement.

Concepts such as telehealth and telemedicine have turned health services around. But in this article we want to talk to you in detail about intelligent operating rooms, so we invite you to read the article to the end.

First of all, you have to be clear about what an intelligent operating room is. It is a fully functional surgical room, where the distribution of medical equipment and facilities is established taking into account intelligent tools.

Equipment and installation of IT systems in hospitals

Hospital electrical safety is a topic that can’t be taken for granted. It is important to know what IT systems are and how they can be used in hospitals.

IT systems are distinguished by the fact that all active components are grounded through a high impedance.

The reason why a high impedance is applied is due to metrological aspects, in order not to jeopardize the electrical safety, in this case hospitals.

Therefore, the grounding of the electrical installation masses can be done either together or individually.

Insulation monitors: what they are and their benefits

It is important to keep in mind that electrical insulation is essential in electrical facilities. Today we are going to talk about insulation monitors as an important element in electrical safety, especially in the hospital sector.

First of all it must be understood that insulation monitors are devices which supervise the insulation resistance in IT systems.

They also monitor the leakage or differential current, both in grounded systems such as TB and TT. Therefore, it is the two alarms of the insulation monitors that allow to know the condition of the equipment before a ground failure takes place.

It is therefore an essential element to prevent shortages in the electrical system of a hospital.

Keep ICU running properly

In these coronavirus times, hospitals must ensure the proper functioning of ICU, ensuring that health care teams don’t fail, and that patients can count on the health service in absolute safety.

At ETKHO we specialize in the manufacture of electrical safety equipment, and we provide services for critical hospital areas, the ones that should be in optimal condition in the current situation.

You can count on specialists in high quality services and technological products, guaranteeing a good operation of the IT electrical systems of the critical areas or units.

COVID-19 patient ventilators

Among the indispensable tools or devices for health today we find the ventilation devices for COVID-19 patients.

This has motivated us to write about what they are, how they work, what kind of ventilators are available. Moreover, we think it is convenient to talk to you about electrical safety in order to guarantee the good working of health centres.

They are simply mechanical ventilators for patients with breathing difficulties. A respirator is a machine that is electrically powered, that is why it is important to have good electrical safety to ensure that hospital facilities in critical areas can respond effectively to the electrical demand for these devices.

guía práctica estado del sistema eléctrico de unidad hospitalaria

Practical guide to know the status of the electrical system of a hospital unit

This article is intended to provide you a list of aspects to check the condition of the electrical installations in the hospital unit, therefore we offer it as a practical and quick guide to determine the status of the electrical system in a hospital.

We address hospital units since we know that they are environments with high risks of electrical failures when they do not have an appropriate electrical safety system.
In these situations, failures do not limit their consequences to damages to electrical equipment, but they can extend to human losses.

You certainly want the hospital unit under your care to operate optimally and safely.

Tips for designing a hospital electrical system

Lo primero que hay que reconocer es que cada hospital tiene una realidad distinta. Es cierto que todos cuentan con departamentos iguales, prestan servicios de salud, entre otras similitudes. Pero nos referimos a que cada hospital tiene una distribución distinta de sus áreas, dimensiones diferentes, algunos tienen más equipos en el quirófano que otros.

Por tanto, pretender crear un sistema eléctrico estándar ya es un error. Se debe comenzar con una evaluación de la unidad hospitalaria. Así que el primero de los consejos para el diseño de un sistema eléctrico en hospitales es evaluar las necesidades de cada área del hospital, identificando los riesgos eléctricos de las mismas.

Find out what a hospital electrical substation looks like

La seguridad eléctrica en el quirófano es un aspecto que debe ser considerado con máxima seriedad. Las precauciones, mediante un sistema eléctrico bien diseñado, permite afrontar las potenciales complicaciones que se relacionan con la electricidad.

Es por ello que aspectos como la continuidad de flujos de energía tienen vital importancia para mantener adecuadamente la red de flujos eléctricos y proteger al paciente, personal médico, equipos e instalaciones. Hay que tener en cuenta que cada uno de los equipos destinados a mantener la seguridad eléctrica, deben destinarse exclusivamente a proveer la alimentación de los equipos del área del quirófano. 

Electrical safety in surgery

La seguridad eléctrica en el quirófano es un aspecto que debe ser considerado con máxima seriedad. Las precauciones, mediante un sistema eléctrico bien diseñado, permite afrontar las potenciales complicaciones que se relacionan con la electricidad.

Es por ello que aspectos como la continuidad de flujos de energía tienen vital importancia para mantener adecuadamente la red de flujos eléctricos y proteger al paciente, personal médico, equipos e instalaciones. Hay que tener en cuenta que cada uno de los equipos destinados a mantener la seguridad eléctrica, deben destinarse exclusivamente a proveer la alimentación de los equipos del área del quirófano. 

ETKHO at the World Fair in the Health Sector ARAB HEALTH 2020 Booth S1 G50

This edition of the ARAB HEALTH 2020, will take place from January 27 to 30, at the Dubai World Trade Center and the Conrad Dubai Hotel, and will participate more than 4,250 companies from more than 64 countries.

ETKHO will be present to show the latest technologies, products and services in electrical safety for hospital facilities. This edition is the first one in which it will be participating.

Keys for the optimization of electrical safety in hospitals

It’s helpful to know the keys for the optimization of electrical safety in hospitals, only then can you know what are the aspects to be taken into account when making sure you have the ideal conditions to reduce and eliminate risks.

Safety comes first, it is what is said in all work areas where the life of each worker is to be preserved. However, in the hospital context it represents an obligation also with patients.

How to avoid risks in hospital electrical installations

Risks in hospital electrical installations can lead to very serious situations. That is why care must be taken and a perfect electrical safety should be provided.
 
There are certain considerations that must be taken into account to know how to avoid risks in hospital electrical installations, so that accidents can be prevented.