The importance of installing gensets in Hospitals has been stressed on several occasions. Certainly, its use in emergency situations is required by regulations. If a failure in the mains power supply occurs during a surgery, and there is no other alternative emergency power source, consequences could be catastrophic.
In this post, we will highlight another extremely important use of a genset. It is the role it plays within the electrical system of a pharmaceutical products warehouse, particularly drugs.
The drug distribution process, starting at the laboratory where they are manufactured and up until they are supplied, has all its stages perfectly regulated through standards and applicable reference documents so as to ensure the quality of the drug is appropriate at the moment of consumption.
There are strict regulations in this regard, mandating that environmental and safety conditions for storing drugs are adequate.
In order to correctly store drugs, a pharmaceutical products warehouse must consider the following environmental factors: Light, humidity, and temperature.
As many drugs are degraded when in contact with sunlight, it is recommended to store them in their original packaging and away from doors and windows.
Another factor that affects the stability conditions of drugs is humidity; therefore, they should be stored avoiding contact with walls and making sure there are open areas around them.
Lastly, the most important factor to be considered is temperature, as all products to be stored require an environment with controlled temperature. Some drugs require a 20-22°C ideal temperature while others, such as insulin, deteriorate at room temperature and must be preserved in a refrigerator or freezer.
At Werne, Germany, a pharmaceutical products distribution company recently purchased an INMESOL II-110 Model genset in stand-by to the mains, perfect to supply the refrigeration units that store this kind of heat-labile drugs.
The genset control unit is located in the engine room, inside a cabinet.
The image shows this control unit along with the DSE 6020 MKII controller that monitors the mains and starts the genset when a power failure is detected, keeping the refrigeration systems running for as long as the failure lasts.