North American Hospital Grade

As a global powercord specialist, Morvan Trading  stock over 60,000 moulded North American powercords for standard use.  However, the USA and Canada require special ‘green dot’ hospital grade plugs, of which we also hold a couple of thousand parts ready for next working delivery.  We can also ship to America and Canada or the rest of the world if required.

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Quality

Quality

Exporting any kind of medical or hospital equipment to North America?  Our knowledgeable technical team will be happy to help with specifying and selecting the correct power cable, and can also forward all relevant drawings, specifications and approval certificates on request. 

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Where are they used?

Where are they used?

North America or more precisely the USA and Canada have electrical standards for clinical use: essentially a provision for Hospital grade power cables for use on critical medical equipment.  As well as meeting the required electrical and medical standards, the plugs must also be easily recognised as hospital grade.  The plugs can be identified by a green dot on the plug, and may also have ‘Hospital Grade’ or ‘Hosp. Grade’ marked on them.  A hospital grade or green dot plug makes the rest of the power cable assembly hospital grade.  Generally, hospital grade plugs are less likely to cause power loss to critical equipment from poor contact, damage, or accidental disconnection.

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North American NEMA – USA, Canada, Mexico standard – an overview

The IRAM 2073 standard – an overview

The relevant standards are ANSI / UL 498 and UL 60601 for the USA and CSA CAN C22.2 No. 21 and CSA CAN C22.2 No 42 for Canada, which are in addition to the normal UL817 and Canadian standards.  As with our standard North American products, approval is by Underwriters Laboratories in the US and the Canadian Standards Association in Canada.  There is no medical standard in Mexico and other countries that use the North American type plug, but hospital grade leads may be specified and used.

Hospital grade sockets are made to stricter manufacturing tolerances, to prevent accidental disconnection.  The plugs have double-insulated inserts, and solid pins (not folded metal) which are usually nickel plated, for more reliability especially for the ground connection.  There must be a strain relief for the plug, to stop its cable being forcibly pulled out, which makes the plugs bigger. 

Generally, the plugs are also built for increased strength, durability and reliability, even after a high number of plugging-in and unplugging cycles.  Another measure is resistance to corrosion and damage from the liquids and chemicals that may be encountered in the healthcare environment. 

Whilst not a requirement, the plugs are sometimes made from a clear or blue-tinted transparent material in order to check the internal wiring is correct; another popular colour is solid non-transparent grey, or black.

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Approvals

Approvals

Morvan Trading stocks NEMA 5-15P type medical cords, and the other types in the standard can be manufactured on request: NEMA 6-15P, 5-20P, 6-20P.  Federal Specification (Fed Spec) to W-C-596 may also be possible.

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Morvan Trading Ltd has over 40 years experience in the powercord business.

We are a family business established in 1991 who pride ourselves on our knowledge of cord sets and commitment to customer service.

  • Supplier to trade: industry, manufacturing and education
  • Any market.  Any size.
  • Tailor-made solutions to a wide range of markets, from one-man A/V installers to flag-carrier airlines
  • UK, European and Far Eastern manufacture
  • Wide product range: we supply the correct plug for every country on the globe
  • Competitive prices, including discounts on bulk and call-off orders
  • Large stock holding: 600,000 standard items in our UK warehouse
  • Next day delivery as standard on stock items
  • Speedy response to any enquiry
  • Market-leading product knowledge and technical support
  • High quality: all products carry national and international approvals