Why Every Hospital Needs A Standby Generator

Hospitals are such important institutions in our society, and the life-saving technologies found in modern hospitals require constant electricity to remain operational and impactful. Standby generators are there when the power grid goes down and can ensure that hospitals remain open and available to help their surrounding communities. In this article, we’re looking at five reasons why every hospital needs a standby generator.

  1. Keep life-saving equipment on
    Ventilators, defibrillators, incubators and other pieces of hospital equipment need to stay working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Without that, people are vulnerable and might not survive their stay. This life-saving equipment extends to things like elevators, which save precious time in emergency situations.
  2. Keep medicines and samples fresh
    Every hospital has a number of fridges and other refrigeration tools where medicines, samples, specimens and other things are stored. These are better left operational, to ensure medicines are kept fresh and there are no cases of contamination.
  3. Ensure no breakdown of communication
    Hospitals are normally furnished with internal communications networks. These are so that staff can remain in constant communication with one another. This is especially important in emergency situations (hospitals have their fair share of these).
  4. Avoid wasting food and other perishables
    When the power goes out for an indefinite amount of time, fridges start to thaw and the perishables contained within begin to decompose. In a hospital kitchen, these are things like fresh ingredients and foodstuffs meant to feed patients and the staff.
  5. Deliver better patient care at all times

The power goes off and a hospital’s generator isn’t operational. Staff begin to scurry in order to mitigate the impact of the power failure, and they aren’t attending to patients that are in need. With a generator in place, it can kick in without anyone even noticing.

What type of generator should a hospital have?

Every hospital should have a backup generator, but we know that no two hospitals are the same. Some are busy, bustling inner city multi-level buildings, while others are quieter, smaller medical centres. These two examples will need different generator capacities to power the entire building. A smaller generator might be a petrol-run, while larger industrial generators commonly run on diesel. If you’re not 100% sure of the type of generator your medical centre or large hospital requires, think about requesting a site inspection from generator experts.

Generators for hospitals and hospital generator repairs

S&A Generators offers new generator installations in KwaZulu-Natal, including hospital generator repairs and generator fuel refills. Contact us to arrange a generator inspection for your hospital generator. We’ll assess your backup power generation needs and offer the best solution for your situation. Have a look at previous S&A Generators projects to see what we’ve achieved for our clients recently.