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Keep Healthcare Facilities Operational with Backup Power Supply

By Amy Myers
Aug 18, 2014

Healthcare, Facilities Management

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In healthcare facilities, power isn’t a “nice to have”, it’s a necessity. That is why healthcare facilities are equipped with backup power supply, such as generators, to ensure the lights stay on and service to patients and residents is not interrupted.

No one in the US is immune from the effects of weather events and other disasters. Service interruptions caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, snow, ice and thunderstorms could impact your facility at any time.

According to an Emergency Management Survey conducted jointly by Health Facilities Management, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), the Association for the Healthcare Environment and the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM), 58% of organizations went on emergency power because of a disaster in the last 5 years.

The survey also found that additional generator capacity was the third most popular feature to incorporate into facilities to address disasters, terrorism and mass casualties. 38% of respondents added additional generator capacity, compared to 45% adding fuel and emergency supply storage and 42% adding a flexible incident command location.

Making generator maintenance a top priority will help ensure your generators are there when needed so all areas of your facility stay operational. Routine preventive maintenance can help determine if the generators are in proper condition and operating the way it is intended. In fact, doing preventive maintenance on generators is required by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for Medicare and/or Medicaid reimbursement.

In addition to requiring that you do preventive maintenance on your generators, CMS or other regulatory agencies might request proof that maintenance and regular inspections were completed. A CMMS can help track maintenance work, as well as provide documentation for these agencies.

So the next time your facility faces an event that could interrupt power, rest assured your facility has procedures in place that will help keep the facility fully operational and comfortable.

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