Alarm Fatigue – The White Noise in Healthcare

Spend time in the patient-care areas of any hospital or clinic and you’ll hear it: a near-constant stream of beeps coming from the audible alarms on medical equipment and healthcare devices.

Spend enough time in patient-care areas and you might not hear the beeping at all…not because it stopped, but because your ears became immune and all those alarms faded into white noise.

Estimates show 85-95% of all alarms in a healthcare environment don’t require intervention. But as nurses’ and other caregivers’ ears become desensitized – a phenomenon known as alarm fatigue – patients’ lives could be put at risk. Assuming all alarms are false alarms can create a dangerous delay in response. But responding to every alarm that sounds diverts a caregiver’s attention from true medical emergencies. [Read more…]

The Benefits of Lithium Iron Phosphate vs. Lead-Acid Batteries for UPS Systems

A new battery technology called Lithium Iron Phosphate has begun to find its way into UPS systems.

First a quick explanation: lithium iron phosphate (also known as LiFePO4, LiFePhos, or LFP), is a member of the lithium-ion battery family and shares many of its performance perks. What really sets LiFePO4 batteries apart from other lithium-ion battery types is its chemical stability that vastly improves battery safety.

With that in mind, let’s examine how lithium iron phosphate batteries compare to traditional lead-acid batteries. [Read more…]

Inverter/Charger vs. UPS System.. which should I use to backup my sump pump?

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The Power Inverter/Charger is the heart of a sump pump battery backup system, and is responsible for three important jobs:
1. Charging the batteries and keeping them fully charged at all times
2. Sensing when the power has gone out and automatically switching to battery power
3. Converting the power stored in your batteries from DC power into AC power, which runs your sump pump
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5 Questions to Consider When Choosing a UPS System

Choosing the right UPS System can be a daunting task for even the most knowledgeable IT professional. Here are five basic questions you should ask to give you peace of mind knowing you made the right decision.

Do I need a Network/Server UPS or a Desktop UPS? [Read more…]

How Energy-Saving UPS System Outlet Technology Works

Let’s not forget that just because green, desktop UPS systems save energy doesn’t mean they sacrifice power protection. Here’s how green outlet technology works. [Read more…]