The worldwide recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a slump in the medical battery market but this is expected to be temporary as healthcare spending will likely continue to increase into 2021 and beyond, according to a blog article by The Battery Show. This is due to the increasing need for electrically powered and portable diagnostic and therapeutic devices. The same article also stated that with the rapid developments of medical technology, most of the new devices under development require the mobility that a battery-powered system can provide.
Jane Lo, Senior Director, Duracell B2B Asia, shares some tips and advice on how healthcare providers can reap the benefits of using medical device batteries that are rigorously tested and proven to meet the demands and safety standards such as ANSI and IEC.
What are some key considerations/concerns for healthcare providers when it comes to batteries for medical devices and their related applications?
While the operation of medical devices are powered by battery, its quality and reliability are undeniably important. Procell Alkaline batteries are manufactured using superior cell design* ensuring our highest quality cell construction. Batteries are tested in order to guarantee highest quality and reliable performance. Environmental testing is also conducted to insure dependable and consistent use.
What are the common types of batteries used in medical devices and what are the typical ranges of their shelf lives/life cycles?
They are alkaline, high power lithium and lithium coin. The typical ranges of the devices are based on the manufacturer specifications. However, by appropriately choosing either Procell Alkaline Intense Power or Procell Alkaline for your device, you could maximize the longevity of the battery, and may minimize battery replacements, vs. prior Procell Alkaline AA, AAA, C, and D batteries.
What are some battery safety standards that users and healthcare providers should be aware of?
Battery for medical devices must comply with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard. In Procell, we design, safety, manufacturing, and qualification follow our stringent battery standards, which incorporate parts of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and IEC battery standards.
With medical devices getting smaller and becoming increasingly common in applications such as remote or tele-monitoring of patients, what trends or future developments do you see in battery technologies in the near future?
We believe lithium coin will be the new trend for medical devices in the coming future. Featuring high energy density (3V) with a flat and low self-discharge, Procell provides 2016, 2025 and 2032 sizes lithium coins for professional medical devices.
How can healthcare providers keep up to speed in terms of battery safety and management while keeping maintenance costs sustainable?
Procell understands how critical it is for professional end-users to drive the profitability of their businesses. When it comes to batteries, this is achieved through minimizing costly battery replacements.
By conducting intensive device testing in our labs and real-world experience with OEM partners, Procell has discovered that the way to dramatically extend alkaline battery life and cut replacement costs is to engineer device-specific industrial alkaline batteries with unique power profiles.
Procell is the only brand to offer device-specific professional alkaline batteries.
On top of our Procell Alkaline battery redesigned for longer lasting* and consistent performance in general-purpose devices, we also offer Procell Alkaline Intense Power batteries, a new battery range specifically designed with a unique power profile to last longer* in high drain professional devices.
By appropriately choosing either Procell Alkaline Intense Power or Procell Alkaline for your device, you could maximize the longevity of the battery, and may minimize battery replacements, vs. prior Procell Alkaline AA, AAA, C, and D batteries.
(*vs. prior Procell Alkaline AA, AAA, C and D batteries)
Learn more about Procell’s range of professional batteries here.