Houston, TX (PRWEB) February 11, 2013
Monico now offers an add-on software option for its PLUS line of Gateways that automates the required National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) monthly test of hospitals’ backup power and also allows for simple Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) compliance.
The NFPA oversees the use of emergency backup power systems and a 110 classification states that an emergency backup power system is being maintained in safe operating condition. For a hospital to be in good standing with JCAHO, and therefore accredited, its backup power must be tested monthly for 30 minutes at 30 percent of the kilowatt rating or maintain the lowest exhaust gas temperature recommended by the manufacturer. Proof of this must be kept on hand, available at all times to JCAHO or the NFPA for compliance audits. Additionally, the NFPA 110 classification is necessary for many local and state inspections.
With the NFPA 110 Reporting Option, hospitals can run monthly tests and have automated reports generated and then emailed for simple with JCAHO. A defined set of data points are captured from the genset over a period of 30 minutes and percentage load is monitored to ensure the testing stays about the required 30 percent.
“Installing and using the software is simple,” states Bruce Eckley, Senior Product Development Specialist for Monico, “It is adaptable for generator type, rank and test type and comes pre-loaded on any of Monico’s PLUS Gateways. Assigning of a device IP address and the one-time report set up are easily done with the included MonicoView II™ software.”
While the tests are being run, live data can be viewed via a remote HMI screen from anywhere on the network. When the test is complete, a report is automatically generated and simply needs to be printed and initialed before submitting to JCAHO.
“This Module will relieve hospital support staff from the burden of standing in front of each genset, each month, for 30 minutes to record data. It can now be done remotely,” says Eckley.
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