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Life Safety Solutions for the Healthcare Industry

The complex nature of the varying environments found within healthcare facilities demand fire detection systems capable of coping with a wide range of threats and nuisance alarm sources by offering design flexibility for different environments while providing guaranteed reliable protection throughout operational life. It should also provide unobtrusive maintenance that will not disrupt operations or for spaces with restrictive access through centralized maintenance.

Critically, a fire detection system in a healthcare facility must be able to provide warnings early enough to allow local control and mitigation. The number one priority has to be early detection, verification and mitigation of threats avoiding the need for the evacuating of large numbers of ill, incapacitated and highly vulnerable patients

HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT

How can they be protected?

 

OBJECTIVE

The Objective

Using VESDA with performance design both smoke and egress modeling allows for greater efficiencies in smoke control, HVAC, and egress routes.

  • Alert staff of a fire condition before it escalates to a serious event
  • Monitor tenability conditions and release fire or security doors along egress paths (corridors, lobbies, stairways)
  • Initiate shut down of equipment and stop fuel delivery in supply lines
  • Monitor the presence of smoke in ductwork and automatically stop the HVAC system, and actuate fire/smoke dampers to contain and purge smoke
  • Initiate smoke control mechanisms for specific zones (atria, floors, stairways)
  • Protect lift shafts in cases where lifts are used for egress paths and fire brigade search and rescue efforts
  • Actuate fire suppression systems through coincidence detection schemes dampers to contain and purge smoke
 

RISKS

The Risks

The risks of hidden, slow growth and fast growth fires is significant especially to evacuation procedure in hospitals due the differing number and characteristics of patients, staff availability and support of service areas, each with unique fire hazards. Further is the loss of expensive medical equipment, drugs and facilities. Service disruption and downtime causing immeasurable loss to the community also needs to be taken into consideration.

Consequences of a fire on campus include:

  • Panic and personal injury during evacuation
  • Loss of life
  • Property damage
  • Civil lawsuits and loss of reputation
  • Reconstruction costs
  • Teaching / service disruption
 

CHALLENGES

The Challenges

The evacuation procedure in hospitals is a very challenging task due to the differing number and characteristics of patients, staff availability and security needs. Patients in particular will have different mobility and mental capabilities and their evacuation may be difficult or not practical if in need of continued medical support.

  • The primary aim is to not evacuate patients unless absolutely necessary. This Defend-in-Place strategy is becoming prevalent and its purpose is to move patients to protected areas preferably on the same floor (horizontal evacuation) rather than totally evacuate them from the building.
  • An effective Defend-in-Place strategy will not only depend on prevention, fire suppression and sound emergency management programs but critically on reliable and early fire detection capable of detecting fires in their initial stage before they escalate to a dangerous situation.
  • The high sensitivity of VESDA systems will ensure the earliest possible warning to a fire condition and allow time for intervention and control to minimize or eliminate the need for evacuation.
 

WHY XTRALIS?

Why Xtralis Life Safety Solutions?

  • Addressable aspirating smoke detection with VESDA-E VEA provides laser-based pinpoint smoke detection to eliminate fire threats early
  • VESDA-E VEA also offers easy test and maintenance at a central detector, eliminating the need for intrusions to protected areas like patient rooms or classrooms
  • Very early warning detection alerts life safety personnel before an incipient fire becomes a major, devastating blaze
  • High sensitivity allows alarm thresholds to be set for the earliest possible warning of a fire even in areas of high airflow, such as ducts or large, open spaces where smoke may be diluted
  • Multiple alarms to prompt staff attendance and help prevent unnecessary panic among students, patients and visitors — from very early warning for investigation and security management to subsequent warnings for evacuation and suppression
  • Supports integration with mass notification systems
  • Wide sensitivity range allows alarm thresholds to be programmed to reduce the cost of nuisance alarms
  • Unobtrusive and tamper-proof sampling of the environment for excellent aesthetics
  • Flexible positioning of detectors in secure locations that are easily accessible for lowest cost of testing and maintenance
  • Advanced detector diagnostics and support for remote monitoring and configuration of life safety systems in unmanned or secured areas
  • Unique detection chamber design protects the detector optics from contamination, reducing nuisance alarms and maintaining detector sensitivity for a long operational life
 

PRODUCTS

Products to Solve the Challanges

 
VESDA-E VEA
VESDA-E VEP
VESDA-E VEU
XAS
OSID
Atrium
     
Patient Rooms
 
 
 
 
Laboratories
 
 
Infirmary
 
 
 
 
Cafeteria
 
 
 
Diagnostic & Test Facilities
 
 
 
Records Room
 
 
 
Operation Theatres
 
 
 
 
MRI & Imaging
 
 
 
Supply & Return Air Ducts
 
 
Mechanical & Electrical Rooms
 
 
 
 
Laundry
 
 
 
 
Garage
Elevator Shaft      
Computer Room      
 

OBJECTIVE

The Objective

Using VESDA with performance design both smoke and egress modeling allows for greater efficiencies in smoke control, HVAC, and egress routes.

  • Alert staff of a fire condition before it escalates to a serious event
  • Monitor tenability conditions and release fire or security doors along egress paths (corridors, lobbies, stairways)
  • Initiate shut down of equipment and stop fuel delivery in supply lines
  • Monitor the presence of smoke in ductwork and automatically stop the HVAC system, and actuate fire/smoke dampers to contain and purge smoke
  • Initiate smoke control mechanisms for specific zones (atria, floors, stairways)
  • Protect lift shafts in cases where lifts are used for egress paths and fire brigade search and rescue efforts
  • Actuate fire suppression systems through coincidence detection schemes dampers to contain and purge smoke
 

RISKS

The Risks

The risks of hidden, slow growth and fast growth fires is significant especially to evacuation procedure in hospitals due the differing number and characteristics of patients, staff availability and support of service areas, each with unique fire hazards. Further is the loss of expensive medical equipment, drugs and facilities. Service disruption and downtime causing immeasurable loss to the community also needs to be taken into consideration.

Consequences of a fire on campus include:

  • Panic and personal injury during evacuation
  • Loss of life
  • Property damage
  • Civil lawsuits and loss of reputation
  • Reconstruction costs
  • Teaching / service disruption
 

CHALLENGES

The Challenges

The evacuation procedure in hospitals is a very challenging task due to the differing number and characteristics of patients, staff availability and security needs. Patients in particular will have different mobility and mental capabilities and their evacuation may be difficult or not practical if in need of continued medical support.

  • The primary aim is to not evacuate patients unless absolutely necessary. This Defend-in-Place strategy is becoming prevalent and its purpose is to move patients to protected areas preferably on the same floor (horizontal evacuation) rather than totally evacuate them from the building.
  • An effective Defend-in-Place strategy will not only depend on prevention, fire suppression and sound emergency management programs but critically on reliable and early fire detection capable of detecting fires in their initial stage before they escalate to a dangerous situation.
  • The high sensitivity of VESDA systems will ensure the earliest possible warning to a fire condition and allow time for intervention and control to minimize or eliminate the need for evacuation.
 

WHY XTRALIS?

Why Xtralis Life Safety Solutions?

  • Addressable aspirating smoke detection with VESDA-E VEA provides laser-based pinpoint smoke detection to eliminate fire threats early
  • VESDA-E VEA also offers easy test and maintenance at a central detector, eliminating the need for intrusions to protected areas like patient rooms or classrooms
  • Very early warning detection alerts life safety personnel before an incipient fire becomes a major, devastating blaze
  • High sensitivity allows alarm thresholds to be set for the earliest possible warning of a fire even in areas of high airflow, such as ducts or large, open spaces where smoke may be diluted
  • Multiple alarms to prompt staff attendance and help prevent unnecessary panic among students, patients and visitors — from very early warning for investigation and security management to subsequent warnings for evacuation and suppression
  • Supports integration with mass notification systems
  • Wide sensitivity range allows alarm thresholds to be programmed to reduce the cost of nuisance alarms
  • Unobtrusive and tamper-proof sampling of the environment for excellent aesthetics
  • Flexible positioning of detectors in secure locations that are easily accessible for lowest cost of testing and maintenance
  • Advanced detector diagnostics and support for remote monitoring and configuration of life safety systems in unmanned or secured areas
  • Unique detection chamber design protects the detector optics from contamination, reducing nuisance alarms and maintaining detector sensitivity for a long operational life
 

PRODUCTS

Products to Solve the Challanges

 
VESDA-E VEA
VESDA-E VEP
VESDA-E VEU
XAS
OSID
Atrium
     
Patient Rooms
 
 
 
 
Laboratories
 
 
Infirmary
 
 
 
 
Cafeteria
 
 
 
Diagnostic & Test Facilities
 
 
 
Records Room
 
 
 
Operation Theatres
 
 
 
 
MRI & Imaging
 
 
 
Supply & Return Air Ducts
 
 
Mechanical & Electrical Rooms
 
 
 
 
Laundry
 
 
 
 
Garage
Elevator Shaft      
Computer Room      
 
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