Medical power solutions – standards deliver safety

Author : Florian Haas, Traco Power's Marketing Director; and Rich Miron, Digi-Key's Applications Engineer

09 November 2018

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People and power don’t mix well. And that is especially true when the people are patients – either in a medical facility or, increasingly, in the home environment. In order to ensure the safety of both patients and healthcare professionals, the medical industry is heavily regulated by a range of standards-based requirements and associated product testing. This piece reviews relevant industry compliance requirements – as well as practical ways to achieve them.

Medical power solutions – standards deliver safety

Central to this standards regime is IEC 60601, which is comprised of a suite of requirements specifically for electrical and electronic equipment used in healthcare. Originally published some 40 years ago, IEC 60601 has kept pace with industry changes.

In this technical article, we examine some of the key principles of IEC 60601 as they relate to the implementation of power supplies, as well as some of the new requirements (for example, the need for risk assessment).

Additionally, practical ways for achieving compliance will be reviewed, such as support that is available for medical device manufacturers.

Please note that this article is a sample: for more info, click on the original Digi-Key piece here, or visit EPDT's online magazine version of the piece.

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