Electrical Safety for Hospitals

Optimizing alarms in healthcare centers

The proliferation of alarms in modern healthcare facilities, while essential for patient safety, also poses some significant inconveniences for medical staff and patients.

It is all based on the fact that medical technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, providing hospitals with sophisticated monitoring and warning systems that allow early detection of complications.

In hospitals, for example, hundreds of auditory signals are recorded daily, but only a small proportion require immediate action. In fact, recent research has explored solutions that could make a significant difference in the management of these alarms, benefiting both healthcare staff and patients.

The importance of investing in uninterruptible power supply systems

Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems (UPS) in hospitals guarantee the continuity of energy.

Uninterruptible Power Supply Systems (UPS) have emerged as essential components in the infrastructure of various sectors, highlighting their crucial role in critical environments such as hospitals. That is why it is so important to invest in renewing and acquiring new UPS systems for healthcare centers.

Electrical outages and voltage alterations are more frequent than desirable, and during that time the devices cannot stop working.

Heat waves and climate change: is there a risk to electricity in hospitals?

What happens when there is a power cut in a hospital? What if the power outage is due to a heat wave?

Electricity supply is an essential component in modern society, providing power to a wide range of sectors, including healthcare. However, in extreme situations, such as intense heat waves, the electrical grid can be overloaded and collapse, which can have very significant consequences for hospitals and healthcare in general.

Today we want to explore the possible implications of a power grid collapse due to heat, focusing on hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Spanish researchers create a system against cyberattacks on the electricity grid

A new system against cyberattacks on the electrical network. This is one of the latest big news that the hospital engineering and electrical safety sector has received.

The announcement came at the beginning of July and the protagonists have been the Energy Research Institute of Catalonia (Irec), together with the electricity distribution company Anell. Both have launched a pilot for a platform that helps prevent and mitigate cyberattacks on systems as critical as the electricity grid, and which could be replicated in other distribution networks, both nationally and internationally.

The present and future of electrical engineering and electromedicine

Innovation and the commitment to electromedicine and clinical engineering are already two indispensable elements for the future of healthcare systems.

The importance acquired in the National Health System (NHS), both public and private, of the rise of the best hospital equipment in electromedicine and clinical engineering, is notorious.

The commitment to comprehensive patient safety, together with the importance of improving clinical health infrastructures, has created a very important trend in the promotion of electromedicine and clinical engineering.

The commitment to the SDGs of healthcare technology and electrical hospital engineering

On June 5, as every year, World Environment Day was celebrated around the world. A date to which the Healthcare Technology and electrical hospital engineering sector is also very committed, and which in recent times has been reinforcing its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by increasing its responsible initiatives with society and the planet.

This was made clear at ‘The contribution of the Healthcare Technology Sector and its stakeholders to the Sustainable Development Goals’, a conference organized by the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee of the Spanish Federation of Healthcare Technology Companies, Fenin.

Upgrading hospital power grids: a global need

Electrical problems in healthcare facilities around the world are an issue of vital concern. Lack of maintenance, ageing devices or overloaded electrical systems are just some of the reasons behind these problems.

What are we really facing when we talk about electrical problems in healthcare facilities? To what extent is it necessary to improve electrical safety in hospitals? Let’s take a closer look at the facts.

Electrical faults in hospitals: causes, problems and solutions

Today we want to address the real problem of electrical faults in hospitals, understanding what they really are, how they occur, what problems they cause, their consequences and how to avoid them.

When we talk about power failures in hospitals, we are referring to any unexpected interruption of the power supply or malfunction of electrical equipment. 

In a hospital environment, power failures can have serious consequences, as they can directly affect the lives of patients and the work of healthcare professionals. For this reason, it is essential to understand the causes, the problems caused by electrical faults, to see practical cases in order to become aware of them and to establish measures to prevent them.

Cyber-attacks on healthcare: a growing problem

Are we prepared for an e-pandemic? That is what much of the healthcare sector has been asking itself in recent times due to the increase in cyber-attacks on the healthcare sector.

The digitisation of healthcare systems and the reliance on technology to run hospitals and healthcare facilities have made the healthcare sector an attractive target for cyber criminals.

In recent years, cyber-attacks on Spanish healthcare have increased, affecting hospitals and healthcare centres across the country.

In 2022 more than 500 institutions reported incidents, which, according to data from INCIBE, the National Institute of Cybersecurity, was an increase of 48% compared to 2021.

Five electrical hazards in a hospital: definition and protocol

In this article, we will detail the five main electrical hazards that can occur in a hospital and the protocol for action before, during and after an electrical incident.

The electrical safety of patients, healthcare staff and medical equipment and systems is a crucial issue in healthcare facilities. As we explain in this basic guide, the aim is to avoid problems that could harm the health of patients and the operation of the healthcare centre and medical staff. In other words: to prevent and know how to act in the face of the main electrical risks in a hospital.

Electricity is an integral part of most modern hospitals.