My daughter, Trina Bogart, is an emergency department doctor. She recently emailed me a seemingly simple question. However, when I went to the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC), I realized it was actually more complicated.
Advances in medical technology have resulted in more medical appliances and equipment being used in general-care and critical-care patient bed locations. The governing body of the healthcare facility typically determines the level of care in a given area.
A reader wrote in that an inspector had turned down one of his projects, citing the installation was in violation of National Electrical Code (NEC) 517.13(A) and (B) because Type MC cable was installed in the patient-care areas.
In the healthcare-lighting arena, the improvements and increasing affordability of light-emitting diode (LED) products, along with advancements in lighting control technology, enable creative lighting designs that benefit patients and staff members.
With schools and healthcare facilities struggling to balance rising costs with ever-tightening budgets, energy-efficient lighting upgrades can be an easy and effective way to improve a facility’s lighting quality and performance while significantly reducing operating costs.
Creating a safe and secure hospital environment that also promotes healing means turning away from traditional options, such as guards with stun guns, and toward technology to meet the ever-multiplying security needs of healthcare facilities.
If the healthcare industry were its own patient, a checkup would be long overdue. According to a recent report, hospitals and other healthcare facilities are some of the biggest energy users, and the best medicine is a retrofit.
In the March 2012 Electrical Contractor, I mentioned the increased number of receptacles in patient bed locations with a minimum of 14 receptacles in a Category 1 critical-care area and 36 receptacles in a Category 1 operating room for the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC), based on changes in the