A Nurse Call System is a technology in which low voltage signals are sent to the nurse call stations in order for them to alert staff of an emergency. The system can be set up so that when someone presses the button, it notifies all nurses on duty or only specific people. Many hospitals use electronic Nurse Call Systems because they allow staff members to be aware of safety issues at all times, so patients feel more safe and secure. These systems may also serve as fire alarms based on their settings.
Most systems send low voltage signals along a wireline between the station and the control panel, but some use radio frequencies. Some require getting out of bed to press a call button, while others can detect motion from the bed. Some systems require the person to press a call button, while others can sense if someone has fallen. The Nurse Call System allows for easy communication between staff members and patients without distracting those who are working.
A nurse must take care of their station and ensure that it is in perfect working order at all times, as this system alerts nurses of emergencies and ensures patient safety. If one station malfunctions, the entire system could fail, which can cause harm to patients who may need immediate assistance. Nurses need to be aware of how to properly use these systems, as they will remain reliable only when installed correctly and used correctly by staff members. Errors such as accidentally pressing the button or using it when there is no emergency can cause the system to fail by not sending out an alert.
Electronic Nurse Call Systems reduce the risk of stress for patients who may be in wheelchairs or bed bound. There are also systems that allow wheelchairs and beds to call certain buttons when pressed, making it easier for those who may need assistance. These systems improve morale for both staff members and patients because they make patient care safer while allowing nurses more free time to focus on caring for their patients without having to deal with difficult interruptions throughout their shift.
Electronic Nurse Call Systems give nurses and patients a very high level of safety. They allow for easy communication between staff members and those who need attention, as well as reducing stress levels for those who may be immobile or not able to get out of bed easily.