Vaccine Storage Backup Power

Vaccine Storage backup power systems are used to backup pharmaceuticals from a unexpected power outage. The concept of Vaccine Storage is fairly new but not entirely new to the medical industry. Medical and healthcare professionals have been using similar concepts for over three decades. They have just not been doing using these more modern, power saving and money saving methods.

A Vaccine Storage system protects stored pharmaceuticals from disaster by maintaining an adequate level of safety when it comes to power outages or stoppages. Medical staff and patients need access to these medications or vaccines in the event of a catastrophic power loss. Providing these professionals with an easily accessible and safe storage area allows them to be much more productive.

The term backup is being used very loosely here. In this day and age we often refer to backup systems as systems that protect information. These can be used in a number of ways, but the purpose is the same. These storage areas are designed to protect stored vaccines and other medicines from going bad.

There are a number of different storage mediums used in this system. There is a battery backup power supply, an AC source that is normally attached to a generator and there is a separate water-based power supply used for the purification of water used in the storage unit. Each has advantages and disadvantages. The battery type provides less flexibility but is more reliable and you wont get any interruption with a UPS backup that has batteries.

The water-based units can be more expensive than the other types, but are far more durable and provide better safety for the vaccines. There is also the possibility of a leak in the system causing some harm to personnel. This would then allow the viruses/viruses to spread rapidly in the workplace. Water-based units are also easier to maintain and contain. They are also less expensive.

Vaccine storage should be considered an integral part of any pharmaceutical facility. If vaccines are stored improperly, your facility could be looking at hefty losses. The costs of these complications could be greatly reduced through the use of proper vaccine storage backup systems like a UPS.

Vaccine storage systems should have been designed with these issues in mind and should probably even come with them as a package deal. The design of the storage unit should have been specifically engineered for vaccines so that they are as safe as possible to handle. The storage units should also have been built using state-of-the-art technology to ensure that all components are properly contained. The storage system should have been approved by FDA for the vaccines to be stored on. These storage requirements must be followed.

It has been found that the stored items have been used since the vaccines were introduced and there have been no reports of adverse reactions reported. It is important to have the right storage unit installed for any type of product to ensure its safety. For some of these types of products, it would make sense to purchase these items wholesale to get the best price possible. Wholesale pricing may be available for any of these types of items.

It has been determined that the storage of vaccines is an important aspect of immunization. It has become mandatory since there has been more cases of shots being made within the last decade or so. A lot of this comes from the fact that there are more types of diseases that can spread through the types of vaccines being produced. It is important to have a storage facility that will be effective at containing these unwanted elements. These can pose serious risks to the storage facility, if not properly used.

Why Do you need an alternative power source?

Think of the last time you had a power outage. Think of all of your refrigerated and frozen food that was spoiling, or worse yet, rotting. Now consider that you have been storing vaccines(that arent cheap!) in these same refrigerators and freezers and now they are spoiling or rotting too! What would happen if there was an extended power blackout in your city? What would you do with all of those vaccines that need to be kept cold in order to remain viable and functional?

As a medical professional, the safety of the patients always comes first. If they cannot receive their vaccine schedule, then it is crucial that we have an alternative power source or storage tank(s) ready to go so that we do not put their health in jeopardy. There are several options for providing backup power to the vaccine storage area and each has different benefits when compared with one another. Understanding the differences between these systems will allow you to choose which is best for your facility.

How much power do I need?

The amount of power required should reflect the maximum load that will be drawn during a power outage of at least 4 hours. In most cases, this is the load required to keep all refrigerators and freezers at or slightly above freezing (<0 degrees F) for 16 hours. There are many choices available to provide backup power including:

• A standby generator with typical capacity 10 – 25 kVa

• A standby generator with typical capacity 90 – 500 kVA

• Battery systems to support power outages of 4 hours or less

• An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with a battery back-up to provide short term emergency power.

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Backup Power For Ambulatory Surgery Centers

An important aspect of the overall successful operations of an ambulatory surgery center is power. The American Association of Healthcare Engineering (www.aahfe.org) defines a surgery center as: “A building or group of buildings, located on one or more contiguous parcels, which contains a combination and number of operating rooms, diagnostic imaging equipment and/or surgical treatment facilities that are operated by a single or multiple surgeons, each which has its own admissions area and staff”.

Nowadays over half the Ambuatories in the United States are using alternative power sources in one form or another to ensure uninterrupted service during power failures.

When choosing an alternative power source it is important to look at the applications of your surgery center.

• Many Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) are now using small, medium and large generators for short term power failure situations and backups during peak load periods.

• Some ASCs have implemented decentralized backup systems where they used Uninterruptible Power Supplies with Batteries.

• Standby power systems are also widely used in many outpatient centers where the load is constant and not extremely heavy.

Some examples

A major hospital located in New York City implemented a distributed UPS system to provide backup power to critical servers and other devices Lighter loads were powered by utility power through inverters. Larger loads (such as laser printers, charging stations) were also powered by inverters. A smaller number of devices that could not be interrupted by a brief outage (e.g., MRI, CT scanners, infusion pumps) were isolated from the UPS and connected directly to generators.

• Two medical facilities in New Jersey had similar requirements, requiring two separate UPS/generator solutions to power their environment.

• A university research lab in Texas used a distributed UPS system for its servers, displays, and robotics controllers Power distribution units (PDUs) were located proximate to direct current loads for easy maintenance or replacement. Many large loads such as the centrifuges were isolated from the UPS and connected directly to the gen-set

• A hospital in Washington, DC also used a distributed UPS solution with individual PDUs. In addition, they have a large “island” of critical equipment (e.g., CT scanners) that is directly connected to a generator via two transfer switches.   

• A hospital in Washington, DC also used a distributed UPS solution with individual PDUs. In addition, they have a large “island” of critical equipment (e.g., CT scanners) that is directly connected to a generator via two transfer switches.   

Types Of Alternate Power Sources:

1. Standby generators

2. Battery systems to support power outages of 4 hours or less

3. Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) with a battery backup to provide short-term emergency power.

Uninterruptible Power Supplies:

An uninterruptible power supply is an energy storage device that provides emergency power to a load in the event of primary power failure. It is used for critical applications such as computers, telecommunications, manufacturing process control systems, scientific equipment, and medical devices that must function continuously — even during brief power outages or fluctuations. The UPS constantly monitors the input voltage from the wall outlet and automatically switches to battery backup when it detects any disturbance in the primary voltage (115 volts or 230 volts).

When installed correctly the average UPS system can provide power for 8-16 milliseconds. The first milliseconds of an outage are very important for computers and other process control devices as they may only have time to switch over to battery backup before going offline.

There are three basic types of UPS systems:

1. Line interactive

2. True on-line

3. double-conversion On-Line (double-conversion) systems provide the highest level of protection to your equipment in most outages because they continually switch between three sources (utility power, inverter, and battery) which makes them very reliable. Line-interactive and True online systems are more desirable when energy savings are a concern because they remain off the utility power source for longer periods of time.

Some UPS systems use a  modified sine wave inverter to produce electricity from small gas or diesel-powered engines that operate in generators Another type of UPS uses inverters (Inverter/Charger) to convert the utility power to DC current that is stored in batteries. When the UPS receives an emergency call from the computer, it switches over to battery backup power and provides a steady flow of electricity for critical equipment until normal grid power is restored.

Final Thoughts:

There’s a lot of talks these days about the importance of Vaccine Storage Backup Power. It’s important to remember that this concept is not new at all, and has been used in medical facilities for decades now. Medical professionals need access to pharmaceuticals when disaster strikes, so it makes sense to keep them safe with some backup power systems like those offered by our company. If you have any questions or would like help figuring out what kind of system will best suit your needs, don’t hesitate to contact us today!