SPDs for Essential Power Systems in Healthcare Facilities


AN OVERVIEW OF SPD PROTECTION NEEDS

Healthcare facilities provide critical services to the public. To mitigate the impacts of potential power outages, electrical systems in healthcare facilities are subject to standards issued by several organizations. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) documents that apply to healthcare facilities include (1) the National Electric Code (NFPA 70), (2) the Standard for Healthcare Facilities (NFPA 99), (3) the Life Safety Code (NFPA 101), (4) and the Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems (NFPA 110). The following narrative reviews NEC requirements for backup power systems and describes how surge protective devices (SPDs) can be applied to mitigate potential damages to equipment from transient overvoltages.

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