More than half a million Australians rely on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider for their supports and services, and each one requires reliable power in their own way.
Disabilities range from mild to severe in how much they affect a person’s autonomy, and many lives would be put at risk by unreliable power supplies.
To protect these lives, Power Systems Solutions (PSS) was awarded a contract to supply NDIS critical equipment providers with battery back-up using our Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems.
Without these systems, NDIS providers may face power outages caused by inclement weather, infrastructure damage, or faulty equipment.
So why do NDIS providers need such reliability and what might happen without the presence of UPS systems?
For starters, the importance of the NDIS and healthcare facilities in general call for the implementation of strict regulation in regards to power supplies.
For example, in the Victorian Government’s Engineering Guidelines for Healthcare Facilities Volume 1, it is a requirement that:
“Uninterruptible power supply systems should be provided to maintain critical loads for the duration specified by statutory or regulatory requirements, but not less than the time required for clinical staff to make necessary arrangements to minimise risk to patient life safety in the event of unavailability of power.”
The Volume’s notes clarify that UPS systems should not be relied upon for extended periods of time as they are designed for short-term power-loss situations.
Not only do patients benefit from reliable UPS systems, as discussed below, but the NDIS providers avoid non-compliance and maintain their standards as trusted providers of supports and services.
For Participant Safety
One of the most important reasons NDIS providers should install reliable UPS systems is to ensure the safety and health of the participants. This ethos should also extend to the wider healthcare sector, so that all patients can get the healthcare and supports that they need in a safe manner.
In an unexpected power outage, all kinds of life-saving equipment and the lives of those who rely on them are put at risk. That’s why PSS’ NDIS UPS products have been chosen to mitigate the risk for numerous NDIS providers.
Some examples of the equipment that rely on UPS systems include imaging diagnostics, ventilators, monitors and life support systems.
All of our UPS run times are in line with the NDIS’ specifications of up to 2 hours at a specified load. To cater to the wide range of applications and contexts in the healthcare sector, these UPS systems can be customised accordingly.
For Administrative Purposes
When the power goes out unexpectedly, the equipment listed above isn’t all that’s at risk. There are also highly important computer systems in place to keep providers organised.
These systems are used for things like patient record keeping, allocating resources, scheduling appointments and performing administrative functions.
Without a reliable source of power to these systems, a facility can be thrown into disarray, leading to missed appointments, lost records and a wholly disorganised healthcare sector.
Avoid Unreliable Power Supplies with PSS
If it’s suitable for Australia’s NDIS, then it’s suitable for just about any application we can throw at it.
Our UPS systems are customisable and resilient, built to support any electrical systems that need extra support.
Contact PSS to learn more and have your UPS installed today.