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In 1860, Florence Nightingale developed a bedside system in which the patient would ring a bell to summon the nurse. As other nursing technologies have made great leaps and bounds in progress over the decades, this primitive nurse call system, in which the patient pushes a button and waits for a nurse to respond, has stayed relatively unchanged for years. However, recent advances in nursing technologies have led to the wireless nurse call system, a system that is revolutionizing the way elder care facilities function and is bringing the nurse call system into the present.
How is a Wireless Nurse Call System Different?
Legacy nurse call systems involve a buzzer and light that goes off to alert a nurse that a resident needs assistance. This basic system works well to alert a nurse for assistance, but it is simply incapable of performing many other functions that are essential in the modern elder care facility.
A wireless nurse call system incorporates several nurse systems into one for efficient, wireless management. The system integrates wireless devices, radio devices, and VoIP devices. This means that calls will go directly to the personal device of the designated nurse, ensuring more efficient and quicker responses. This interconnectivity of devices and use of modern technology offers several new features to the traditional nurse call system:
- Scalability: The system is scalable, so it’s easy to add more patients or nurses to the system if needed.
- Mobility: Because wireless nurse call systems are connected to devices like cell phones and pagers, medical professionals have the freedom to move around the facility freely and be immediately alerted if a resident presses the nurse call button, leaves their bed, or attempts to leave the building.
- Call response times: Wireless nurse call systems don’t just help you to monitor the residents. They also monitor the length of time it takes the nurse to respond. If there are consistently prolonged response times, the wireless system will take note so that any problems with efficiency can be diagnosed and addressed. RTLS can also be utilized so that you know where each nurse, doctor, and resident are within the facility at any given time.
- Flexible software: New software can store and organize essential information about each resident. A scheduler can even send out reminders to nurses to administer medications, turn residents or perform traditional rounding.
All of these new features are bringing nurse call systems out of the age of Florence Nightingale nurse call bells and into the age of modernized medical technology. If you’re considering updating your legacy nurse call system, contact Comm-Tronics today!
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