Medical Power Supply

Written by Kevin Tavolaro
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Because it could be assigned a task that might include monitoring human life signs, or even the temporary regulation of bodily functions, a medical power supply needs to be efficient, consistent, and reliable. While dependable power supplies are needed to support medical devices used in hospitals, clinics, and doctor's offices, they must also have enough integrity to support medical devices operated in a patient's home, where there is no professional tech on hand should something malfunction.

Medical equipment utilized to monitor, regulate, and treat patients outside of the rational clinical environment requires a near infallible level of efficiency and reliability. In recent years, an increasing number of individuals have found themselves in the care of "take home" medical devices, set to monitor and prolong their health. Heart, liver, and kidney-related devices are all in common use in individual homes. With these devices, the power is often derived from a collection of rotating portable battery supplies. The batteries alert the user of a need for a change long before the actual energy has run out, and the devices store enough energy on their own that there is no risk of dissipation when changing supplies.

Medical Power Supply Plasma Technology

Plasma technology, an important component of many modern medical procedures, is heavily influenced by the medical power supply. In medicine, plasmas must be handled at the atmospheric pressure. High voltages are required to invoke that same atmospheric pressure. As a result, the use of atmospherically charged plasma in medicine potentially entails the risk of electric shock. Recent progress has been made in securing the safety of this process.

The "Argon Plasma Coagulation Technique" is a tool for working with plasma in a medical situation without running the risk of electric shock. With this technique, the plasma is exposed to a high frequency gas discharge. This discharge transfers the energy from the electrodes, to the surface of the tissue, without the two ever coming into contact with each other. As a result, there is no danger of the dangerously high voltage coming into physical contact with an individual, greatly reducing the potential hazards associated with a medical power supply in this situation.

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