Electrical Safety Tests

1. You are required to complete a series of electrical safety tests on medical devices. You may use a chart for your values, but you must have a source for all responses.

a. Describe what an electrical safety test is and why it is important.

b. Be sure to list the limit values you would use for the testing procedures if the device were within the patient care area.

c. Explain how you would determine if the device needed an electrical safety test and if the device is Class III, Class II or Class I, and how this influences your device testing procedure. Include a description of each device class.

2. NFPA code provides two options for electrical protection in wet locations in our healthcare organizations. What is considered a wet location? What are the two protection mechanisms and how do they work?

3. What does NFPA 99 say about non-patient electrical appliances and equipment? How should they be treated/tested?

4. You’re working on a surgical table and you notice the power cord is torn. You decide to replace the cord and notice it is exceptionally long, in fact, it is 18 feet long. What gauge wire must you use when replacing this power cord?

5. A vendor brings in what appears to be a single device but upon further inspection you find it is a bundle of three devices attached together on a cart. All three of the devices are connected to a hospital grade power-strip/multistrip. How do we perform electrical safety on this multistrip outlet/device assembly?

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