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Hospital Grade Cords—Why You Can't Afford Not to Use Them

Posted by Jim Smits on July 23, 2018

It’s a scenario we hope you never encounter. You’re in a hospital room. Your loved one was in a severe accident but is stable thanks to the lifesaving equipment used to monitor vitals and administer treatments. Suddenly, amid the rhythmic pumping, ticking and beeping of the machines, the distinct smell of electrical burning catches your attention. You hear a pop and see a spark shoot from the power cord plugged into the wall. One of the monitors goes black, and you realize the defective cord is dangerously close to an oxygen tank.

This may sound like an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy,” but medical equipment manufacturers must seriously consider risks like this every time they release a new product.

Medical equipment manufacturing is one of the most crucial, heavily regulated and legally vulnerable industries today. Every single component, right down to the machine’s electrical power cord, must be meticulously considered, rigorously tested and certified by a governing body before distribution. Albeit a challenging process, the demands placed on medical equipment manufacturers are critical. A faulty power cord can cause serious hazards for patients, visitors, medical staff and surrounding equipment, including:

  • Electric Shock
  • Delayed Care or Treatment
  • Interruption of Care or Treatment
  • Device Failure
  • Fire
  • Physical Harm
  • Death
  • Type of cord, length and jacketing material
  • Certifications
  • Solid nickel-plated blades (instead of folded brass)
  • Proper strain relief
  • Proper construction to prevent electric shock

Why risk the cost of fines, citations, lawsuits or, worse—someone’s life?

The complex nature of manufacturing electronic medical machines makes it easy to overlook the importance of something as simple as a power cord. A manufacturer might choose a product with the wrong specifications, or conserve the budget by purchasing a low-quality product. Consequently, they are also buying stock in potentially devastating risks.

Case in point, the Electric-Cord power cord recall of 2017. With worldwide distribution, just imagine the financial impact this recall could have on a company.

Hospital-Grade Power Cords

In an industry with this much influence over life and death, the stakes are beyond measure. This is why organizations like the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and UL (a global safety consulting and certification company) create and enforce standards like the National Electric Code (NEC).

Your medical device shouldn’t be outfitted with an average, run-of-the-mill power cord; it needs a medical-grade solution. Hospital-grade power cords are specially designed with high-quality materials When a power cord is manufactured to hospital grade standards, it receives a green dot to indicate it is safe and reliable for medical use.

Trust Your Power Cord Manufacturer

A trusted manufacturer knows the importance of safety in the manufacture of hospital grade power cords. StayOnline has a trained quality team who inspects cords for

  • Type of cord, length and jacketing material
  • Certifications
  • Solid nickel-plated blades (instead of folded brass)
  • Proper strain relief
  • Proper construction to prevent electric shock

The regulations and requirements surrounding electronic medical equipment manufacturing are complex and downright overwhelming. To complicate matters, the power cord market is full of cheap knockoffs. You cannot put a price on life, and the cost of a high-quality power cord is far less than the cost of a faulty one.

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