Relocatable Power Taps Can Be Used If Appropriate Safe Practices Are Followed

March 8, 2017 | Evaluations & Guidance


More commonly known as "power strips" or "multiple outlet connectors," relocatable power taps (RPTs) are often used in hospitals to, for example, safely power multiple medical devices mounted on a cart. Because inappropriate use of RPTs can present the risk of electric shock and fire, their use in the healthcare environment warrants careful attention.

For many years now, ECRI Institute—like many other organizations and individuals—has argued that the risks can be effectively managed, and that RPTs are safe to use provided that appropriate safe practices are employed. Such practices include:

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