Medical batteries are important components in medical devices. As the instruments have now become more computerized and mobile, their performance heavily depends on the batteries used in them. Hence, it is necessary to make medical batteries that are more reliable. New techniques should be considered to make necessary amendments in the batteries. The battery is a corrosive device that fades with its usage. Hence, the manufacturers produce more medical batteries. However, there are some medical battery packs that die early. Generally, the manufacturer of the batteries specify their run time, but there are certain batteries that cease to work even before their run time.
How to make medical batteries more reliable?
- Quality assurance: The manufacturer of the batteries meet the strict approval process, but it, however, ignores the tolerance level of the battery. The tolerance and capacity of the battery fade over time. Hence, it is necessary that the manufacturers should make quality assurance of the battery.
- Compete for knowledge of battery: The manufacturers do not provide sufficient information on the working of the battery. Some devices constantly run while others are kept on standby. Hence, the usability and capacity of the batteries differ from instrument to instrument.
- Know the time of replacement: A battery is a component that gradually deteriorates and becomes useless over the period of time. A battery does not show any changes or deterioration in the form change in color, size, or weight. Hence, the manufacturers should guide the medical personnel about the symptoms of a weak battery.
Types of medical batteries
- Zinc-air battery: These are electrochemical batteries that are powered by oxidizing zinc and oxygen from the air. There range of different sizes from tiny button cells to larger batteries. They have a long shelf life if kept in airtight packaging.
- Lithium-lodide battery: These are disposable batteries. They are generally characterized by long charge life and cost per unit. These batteries use lithium as an anode.
- Nickel-cadmium: It is also known by the name NiCad batteries. These batteries were used for various purposes but are now restricted only for medical devices or as a replacement battery for equipment that cannot use any other battery.