The ability for a patient in a hospital or nursing home to call for help at a moment’s notice is not an ability to be taken lightly. Imagine a patient’s health taking a sudden and drastic turn for the worse; help is nearby, but unaware of the developing situation. Imagine an environment for which every possible situation is accounted and prepared, with technology making the process smart and simplistic. Also consider that such an implementation can be integrated into already existing products.
In the past, this was considered impossible, but upon its inception there were numerous limitations. The traditional call button certainly decreased the number of accidents, but the necessary wires made it a hassle to increase efficiency, while the seemingly simple operation by means of the patient did not account for situations in which the patient found himself or herself unable to activate the button. Fortunately, this has seen rapid improvement, culminating in what is available today.
Current systems continue to use the patient call-button, but advances in the technology have enabled the use of a wireless emergency nurse call. By routing the call to a central computer, the signal can then be sent to pagers, cell phones and radios, in addition to corridor lights and corridor zone lights. With this in place, the patient’s call is no longer solely visible to an attendant that happens to be in the area; it can be broadcast to all relevant personnel throughout the facility.
Regarding the facility itself, the technology is very accommodating. The wireless system can be installed in any kind of facility, from a single building, to a sprawling 100-acre campus. Repeaters can easily be integrated into the existing system, in the event of expansion or reorganization.
The activation of the call, itself, is also no longer limited to the patient’s call-button. Now, the system can be linked to smoke detectors, motion sensors to identify wandering patients, and even communication devices allowing a staff member to immediately talk to the patient for a first-response assessment of the situation. The result is a truly expansive network designed to ensure the care of the facility’s patients.
While the most obvious use of the system is the improved emergency response, this nurse call system can also increase the efficiency of day-to-day activities. The flexible software running the network analyzes the data of the patient’s call, while also tracking the response times of the staff. The availability of active and passive check-ins can relay information regarding the patient’s scheduled whereabouts. Furthermore, the scheduler in the software can organize reminders for the staff regarding medications, door lock times and any other task that may need to be done.
Between the safety of the facility’s patients, the ability to organize and optimize staff activity, and the monitoring of equipment status, a wireless call system can drastically change the way a hospital or nursing home is operated. For environments in which a few seconds can completely change the outcome of an accident, this can be an invaluable tool.