Nurse call systems are helping in the shift towards connected hospitals and offer features, functionality and integration that go far beyond allowing a patient to attract staff attention, as Jennifer Terry from Static Systems Group explains.
Interoperable alarm and communication solutions from Static Systems Group (SSG) are set to be a key facilitator in the shift towards digitalised hospitals, helping to improve patient safety and free up more time for staff to care. The fully-IP technology can be easily and cost-effectively integrated as part of an upgrade to a facility’s existing infrastructure – or can be designed into new build projects.
Today’s nurse call systems offer features, functionality and integration that go far beyond allowing a patient to attract staff attention. By integrating fully-IP critical alarm and ward communication technology with other existing or emerging healthcare technologies, clinicians benefit from improved communication and collaboration across the clinical space, as well as enhanced workflow efficiency.
Fully-IP systems also provide extreme flexibility and system future-proofing along with the benefits of wireless technology such as RF connection of devices, but with the resilience and reliability of wired technology.
SSG helps healthcare providers embrace the benefits offered by fully-IP nurse call, including:
- Improving patient safety – real-time location sensors alert staff to a patient leaving their bed area, and room lighting can automatically operate to guide the patient safely to their destination.
- Improving the patient experience – by providing patients with speech-enabled nurse call hand units and staff with smartphones, patients can speak immediately with staff. Alarm buzzers are replaced with notifications on staff smartphones or tablets creating a quieter, calmer environment.
- Improving staff well-being and safety – replacing alarm buzzers with smartphones also reduces alarm fatigue and cognitive overload, while real-time location devices worn by staff assist in summoning assistance to the correct location in the event of an incident and help to reduce task management pressure by alerting the nearest available member of staff to a call.
- Supporting workflow – staff receive only relevant and active events that have been automatically triaged and prioritised, and collaboration and communication can be improved when the nurse call system is connected with services in the hospital such as catering, housekeeping and portering.
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