Medical devices run on electricity. If the power goes out, emergency backup power systems are relied on to continue to keep operations going. This is true in hospitals, healthcare facilities, and even in-home care networks.
When blackouts occur, patients, staff, and doctors are affected in various negative ways.
In order to better regulate these systems within health care facilities, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) established stringent requirements for generator and standby power system testing. One such standard is the NFPA 110.
NFPA 110 – the Standard for maintaining Emergency and Standby Power Systems provides specific requirements for testing of an emergency generator (one carrying National Electrical Code 700 loads). The standard requires the provision for an alternate source of electrical power in buildings and facilities in the event a normal electrical power source fails. Systems include power sources, transfer equipment, controls, supervisory equipment, and accessory equipment.