is reliant on highly sensitive technology, operating 24 hours per day. Secure backup power is essential to ensure safety during challenging procedures, often performed on some of the smallest and most vulnerable patients – before they are born. The proximity of the hospital to the

bay puts the site at increased risk of water and wind damage during extreme weather events and the area has been hit by some severe hurricanes and blizzards, leading to power outages in the area. Care New England’s research buildings are also located on the oldest part of the grid in Rhode Island. Four years ago, a major electrical fire under the street blew manhole covers across distances of more than 30 metres. Given these challenges and the criticality of the data being generated both at the bedside and in the research labs, resilient backup power is vital. If power was lost, due to an event with the grid, the hospital would be unable to able to access imaging, bedside patient monitoring systems, electronic patient records and other IT based systems, via the network. Power quality and resilience is crucial

to protect the data produced by the huge number of prenatal tests and scans undertaken to diagnose fetal conditions. The vital work undertaken at the bedside and in the research labs produces large volumes of prenatal ultrasound images, video clips, genetic screening results and other data, stored alongside the many thousands of electronic patient records. Most departments across Care New England have ‘downtime machines’ – encrypted workstations that contain time-limited local copies of the patient records. These machines are protected by Schneider Electric technology and emergency power. Care New England’s critical

infrastructure – including the UPS – is also monitored via EcoStruxure software, offering real-time recommendations to optimise infrastructure performance and mitigate risk. The software also helps identify issues and can offer an insight, as part of a ‘look back exercise’, in the event of any problems. Stephen R Carr, director of the Prenatal Diagnosis Center and Maternal–Fetal Medicine Diagnostic Imaging, explains that power quality and resilience is essential to the work he carries out. “At the Prenatal Diagnosis Center,

we perform tests such as amniocentesis, as well as chorionic villus sampling. The hospital also performs spina bifida repair within the uterus. These prenatal tests and treatments require the use of high- resolution fetal ultrasound, down to the sub-millimetre level. But for this technology to work I need smooth, reliable power. In the past, I was able to


If an electrical asset goes down anywhere in the hospital, the facility team receives a notification on their phone or laptop and can immediately react. This reduces the man hours spent maintaining the facility. Insight into the precise energy consumption of the building also helps reduce energy costs during times of low utilisation

operate for three hours on the UPS, when the local substation was taken out by a helium balloon.” The hospital’s Prenatal Diagnosis

Centre currently uses APC by Schneider Electric Smart-UPS XL 3000 units on the majority of its ultrasound machines across the system, protecting the safety of the most vulnerable patients. Smart-UPS (2200) units also provide high density, true double-conversion online power protection for Care New England’s genetics laboratory. Installed next to the Vanadis sequencing machines, the smart-UPSs act as a backup power solution, while the units’ advanced electric relays ensure that the supply of the electric current is stable. The technology can alter the voltage

levels and maintain a constant flow, in case of a voltage fluctuation, and protect the connected loads from surges, spikes and other power disturbances. The connectivity of the UPS to the network offers additional peace of mind, enabling remote monitoring of the status of the units. This is especially useful as the Vanadis machines operate out of hours.

Keeping an eye on power infrastructure Smart solutions are also helping to ensure electrical safety and resilience at a leading eye hospital in the UK. Founded in 1805 in London, Moorfield’s Eye Hospital is the oldest and largest centre for ophthalmic treatment, teaching, and research in Europe. Chris Harding, Director of Estates and Facilities at Moorfield’s, is responsible for ensuring optimal facility availability and reliability for the 1,800 staff members and thousands of patients who visit the hospital each year. With an ageing infrastructure and strict maintenance regulations, gaining visibility and control over every aspect of the facility is critical. Chris Harding chose the EcoStruxure

for Healthcare suite of products, software, and services to manage his facility infrastructure and gain insights into operational efficiency opportunities.

The software helps make the best of the hospital’s existing infrastructure by integrating the older but valuable building systems into one comprehensive platform. Having full visibility into the hospital infrastructure, Harding’s teams can now ensure that many aspects of the building now under control can monitor and report when outside health and safety compliance. Thanks to all the sensors throughout the facility feeding information to his building management system, Harding’s team has instant access to this critical information 24/7. If an electrical asset goes down

anywhere in the hospital, the facility team receives a notification on their phone or laptop and can immediately react. This reduces the man hours spent maintaining the facility. Insight into the precise energy consumption of the building also helps reduce energy costs during times of low utilisation. Designed with doctors in mind, the

operating theatre panel provides a clear view of the power and room environment information they need in order to ensure patient and staff safety during surgeries, enabling the eye experts to focus their attention where it is needed most. “The technology has helped us get all of the right data at the right time and spend less man-hours maintaining the systems, lowering my opex costs,” comments Harding.

Conclusion Ultimately, the latest analytical software platforms can help health estates managers gain valuable insights into the performance of their electrical infrastructure, optimise maintenance regimes and improve efficiency. Power uptime can be a matter of life and death in the hospital setting. Outages are both unacceptable and preventable. However, increased visibility across the hospital’s power infrastructure can help managers tackle issues before they before they become a problem – preventing reputational damage, lost revenue and avoiding potential harm.


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