The Chicago-based American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association has released a paper that provides details on managing hospital emergency power supply system (EPSS) testing programs. Because of the increasing complexity of hospital infrastructures and operational constraints, this information can be especially helpful to healthcare engineers and facilities professionals. The 2006 management monograph, “Managing Hospital Emergency Power Systems - Testing, Operation, and Maintenance,” was penned by David L. Stymiest, senior consultant - compliance and facility management, at Nashville, TN-based Smith Seckman Reid Inc., and is available as a PDF on ASHE's website (www.ashe.org).
According to ASHE, “This comprehensive and proactive utility management program approach uses lessons learned from the testing to improve the hospital’s facilities, EPSS reliability, and training.” The monograph is an expansion of the 1996 ASHE Annual Conference presentation on the same topic. Since that time, acceptance of monthly emergency power testing has risen and blackouts, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters have made hospital emergency management planning and execution even more essential.
For more information contact ASHE by calling (312) 422-3800. To download a PDF of “Managing Hospital Emergency Power Systems - Testing, Operation, and Maintenance,” visit (http://www.ashe.org/ashe/products/pubs/mg2003stymiest.html).