Evolving Nurse Call Technology.
It wasn't that long ago that "nurse call technology" meant a bedside push button, activation of which would turn on a light at the nursing station and perhaps one over the resident's door. That's "old hat" now, reserved for such retro [Latin, Back; backward; behind.] A prefix used to designate a prior condition or time. settings as jet airliners A jet airliner, which is also sometimes called a jetliner though technically similiar, and rightful synonyms of one another, in actual English language semantics have substantially different meanings and connotations. and their flight attendants. Today's nurse call system has new and broader meaning; it has, in a nutshell nut·shell
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In a few words; concisely: Just give me the facts in a nutshell.
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Today, nursing care staff can feel free to abandon the big, centrally located nursing station (to the delight of many a forward-looking long-term care long-term care (LTC),
n the provision of medical, social, and personal care services on a recurring or continuing basis to persons with chronic physical or mental disorders. designer), do their jobs out on the floors and, carrying their alphanumeric alphanumeric (ăl'fənmĕr`ĭk) or alphameric (ăl'fəmĕr`ĭk), the set of letters and numbers. pagers, feel confident they'll be aware from anywhere in the building of a resident's call. Residents (wearing their pendants) can move about the facility knowing that they can be in touch with help immediately, no matter where they are.
And that isn't all. Recent years have seen wireless, or a combination of wireless and wired, technology open up still more communications possibilities. Here are some key features becoming ever more available with nurse call systems:
* Voice call. Wall-mounted call boxes, cordless and fixed-station phones, two-way radios A voice network that provides an always-on connection enabling the user to just "push the button and talk." Also called "dispatch radio," two-way radio has traditionally been used by police, fire, taxi and other mobile fleets. and sensitive, easily activated speakerphones put residents and staff in immediate, and reassuring, voice contact.
* Inactivity alarms. Infrared motion detectors A motion detector is a device that contains a physical mechanism or electronic sensor that quantifies motion that can be either integrated with or connected to other devices that alert the user of the presence of a moving object within the field of view. can be programmed to sound off at a monitored station if no motion is detected within a resident's room or unit during a preprogrammed period of time. (The activity or malfunction-caused inactivity of facility equipment, such as freezers, boilers and hot water tanks, can be similarly monitored.)
* Computer programs, which log and compile data on residents' use of nurse call and nursing staffs responses, as well as their routine monitoring of residents' rooms, expedite documentation for care planning and OBRA surveys.
* Integration of nurse call with other time-sensitive caregiving equipment, such as door and fire alarm security systems, smoke detectors smoke detector
An alarm device that automatically detects the presence of smoke. Also called smoke alarm. and medication administration systems, and even with billing systems, enhances emergency communication and caregiving documentation.
Obviously, vendors supplying these systems have to be checked out in terms of the training, maintenance and support they provide their customers and their reputation in the field for overall reliability. And facilities' budgets have to be checked to see whether adapting to wireless would be a cost-effective investment. The effectiveness side of the equation, though, looks different from a few years ago: The openness of nurse call technology has come a long way toward satisfyring today's demands for maximized resident independence and quality of life within a secure environment.