The classic system, still in use in many hospitals, is that if the patient needs something, he presses a button on a plunger, which activates a light on a panel at the nurses’ station. The on-duty nurse at the station then alerts the nurse in charge of that patient. Obviously, considerable time can and often does elapse between each stage of the process. Here’s how a wireless emergency call system can help you:
If You’re a Nurse
You want to do your job as quickly and efficiently as possible; there’s no such thing as a nurse who isn’t busy. A lot of what you do involves walking up and down hospital corridors. If you knew what you had to do next, or which patients needed your attention right now, you could be more efficient, walk shorter distances, and be at your patient’s bedside that much more quickly. Also, in an emergency call situation, your response time is shortened, and, as you know, sometimes even ten or fifteen seconds makes a difference between administering emergency care in time, and being too late to do so.
If You’re Managing a Healthcare Facility
You are no doubt aware of how hard your nursing staff works. You know they’re often stretched thin, and you’d like to do whatever you can to make their jobs easier and help them perform their work more efficiently. This also improves patient care and leads to better patient outcomes. A simple step such as replacing an antiquated manual nurse call system with a wireless nurse call system can help you produce those improved outcomes. Given the cost of skilled professional nursing care, a medical facility would be prudent to maximize the ability of its nursing staff to care for patients. The resulting improvements in patient care range from shorter response times to patient requests for care, to more rapid responses to patient emergency calls.
If You’re a Patient
You have a great deal of respect for your doctors, nurses and health care providers. You know they’re working very hard. Nonetheless, you need something right away, whether it’s help moving or getting comfortable, pain medication, or to deal with physical distress. It isn’t enough just to tell yourself that the nurses are busy and they’ll get to you when they can. Knowing that you can communicate directly with your nurse when you need to, rather than just pushing a button and hoping someone eventually shows up, improves the quality of your hospital stay and lessens your anxiety. Also, when you need a nurse right now because you’re in distress, it’s nice to know that you’re calling the nurse directly with the wireless nurse call system and that you can get directly in touch with her immediately. Staying in the hospital isn’t any fun, but it makes it a little easier to take if you know that your nurse is right there for you if you need her.