Hospital or medical grade power cords are those that are used specifically in hospitals and similar environments. These power cords can be approved for use in hospitals, subject to certain prerequisite conditions that need to be met as per the requirements of Underwriters Laboratories.
All kinds of healthcare institutions use either one of the two grades of cable, i.e. – the medical grade or the hospital grade cable. Both grades of cable exceed electrical devices as per household standards, but there are certain minute differences between the two cables.
What makes a power cord eligible for hospital use?
To be eligible for use in a hospital setting, these cables must contain certain special design features and meet additional or exceptional performance requirements. A cord, to be UL-certified for hospital use, must satisfy or exceed expectations like reliability, durability and strength. Medical and hospital grade cables, as well as power strips, utilize attachment plugs and grade receptacles.
How does UL certify medical or hospital grade power cords?
UL, before granting approval, conducts a series of rigorous tests to verify the conductivity and durability of the power cords to ensure that they can operate successfully at peak levels of power or electricity. Once UL approves a power cord, it is stamped with a green color dot, which is UL’s trademark for hospital grade power cords and makes the cord ready for use. Due to the green dot of approval given by UL, these power cords are also known as Green Dot Hospital Grade Power Cords.
Apart from meeting these standards, medical grade devices are required to meet certain additional requirements that are set by UL. Any equipment using medical grade power cords can be used in and around only patient care areas, whereas devices using hospital grade power cords can be used in other areas of the building as well, away from the patients.
What are the different types of medical grade power cords available?
Power cord manufacturing for hospitals include three types –
Cords with one end – Their characteristic feature is that the opposite end of the wire is completely exposed, which makes it perfect to be hard-wired into appliances.
Cords with two ends – These cords are used to power appliances that have a built-in inlet for the connection.
Multi-leg cords – Their characteristic feature is a splitter that can support two or more receptacles.