You might laugh at this memory from the movie “Wall Street” of what was once considered a state-of-the-art mobile phone and say to yourself, “Technology has come so far!” But is your hospital operating with a similarly antiquated nurse call system? Many hospitals are using systems well past their peak functionality.
According to Gartner research, as many as 30 percent of hospitals operate with nurse call systems that are nine years old or older. Some even use signaling technology from the 1970s.
Most hospitals recognize this problem. As many as 60 percent of facilities say they would be likely to set aside room in their budgets to replace existing nurse call technology. Here’s a walk down memory lane to show you legacy systems of the past and what features are possible in a next-generation nurse call system.
Patients have typically used pillow speakers to turn on the TV and call for a nurse. Next-generation nurse call systems feature special button options to automatically notify caregivers of frequently requested patient needs, such as “pain,” “water” and “toilet.”
Traditionally if patients needed emergency assistance in the bathroom, they would have to pull a cord to signal for help. Now, some hospital nurse call systems feature toilet seat fall sensors, along with toilet station talkback functionality, to let patients know help is on the way.
In the past, hospitals have used dome lights to indicate when a patient needed assistance, but caregivers had no way of knowing the nature of the request. Today, current systems feature a configurable dome light that assesses the status of the patient and any urgent needs.
A nurse console used to be composed of a bank of lights indicating which rooms needed attention. Amplion’s next-generation nurse call features a touchscreen nurse call console and a Care Traffic Controller (CTC) PC at each nursing station that allows instant visibility into every room. The technology helps nurses respond to patients more quickly, close communication loops and ensure optimal rounding.
Nurses used to have to be at their desk to respond to a patient request or speak with a doctor about an order. Today, nurse call systems are integrated with wireless phones, allowing nurses to connect with patients and care team members from anywhere in the hospital. Nurses can use smartphones, tablets and other devices to text, access staff directories, escalate messages or speak directly with patients.
Here are three more significant improvements offered by next-generation nurse call systems:
Amplion’s Care Assurance platform uses smart technology and workflow optimization to improve not only nurse call, but also care coordination, patient safety and communication, and alarm management.
Our advanced reporting platform, Amplion Care Insight also provides messaging capabilities and reporting tools to give hospitals the visibility they need to increase accountability, reduce burnout, enhance staff morale and the patient experience and drive financial outcomes.
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