5 Nurse Call Equipment Essentials For Every Small Hospital

Undoubtedly, the aim of all hospitals is patient care. Hence, a direct line of communication to every patient is necessary. A nurse call system is exactly that--a direct line of communication that allows a patient to get the attention of a nurse whenever needed. Learn about 5 nurse call equipment pieces your hospital needs today.

1. Nurse Call Cable

Nurse call cables get a lot of wear and tear, generally resulting in damage to the 37 pin connector to the bed. This damage results from either forgetting to remove the cable prior to bed movement or while attempting to reconnect the cable.

Damaged pins create an unreliable connection of the bed exit alarm to the nurse call system, which can result in patient falls. The constant replacement of standard nurse call or breakaway cables can be a costly recurring expense; time and labor costs are often not taken into account. A solution to this problem is BlackJack.

BlackJack is the only magnetic breakaway nurse call cable that is universally compatible with all hospital beds and nurse call systems. BlackJack is easy to use, has a 1-minute installation, reduces patient falls, increases a hospital’s HCAHPS score, and is a long lasting solution.

2. Call Cord

High-quality call cords are essential in hospitals for improving communication. Call cords usually range from 5 to 15 feet in length. The cords are connected to the bedside station plate in a patient’s room, and when the patient presses the red button, a corresponding call light is activated to notify care staff. With a call cord, patients are at ease knowing that help is available at the push of a button.

HatchMed now offers a magnetic breakaway call cord. Call cords are damaged when the cable is wrapped around the side rail of a hospital bed while that bed is moved from the room, which frequently results in a damaged wall jack or cable. Phono-jack nurse call ports can wear out over time from the daily use of plugging in and removing a cable.  The breakaway call cord will 100% eliminate this issue.

3. Pillow Speakers

On the HCAHPS survey, the responsiveness of hospital staff is one of the topic areas in which patients are asked to provide feedback about their hospital experience. Since public reporting began, the average national response of ‘Always’ to the question, “During this hospital stay, after you pressed the call button, how often did you get help as soon as you wanted it?” has increased from 60 percent to 68 percent. This is an encouraging sign, as a lot of this change may be due to the adaptation of better nurse call technology, such as pillow speakers.

Pillow speakers provide patients with a familiar, instinctive device for patient entertainment, hospital information, and more. They improve the level of patient care by promoting patient satisfaction and increasing staff efficiency. With a pillow speaker, patients can contact nurses with the touch of designated buttons, making the patient feel reassured because they are assisted in a timely manner.

4. Fall Monitor

Weight sensing floor mat fall monitors signal a fall alarm when weight is placed on the floor mat. The floor mat signals the fall alarm when as little as 1.5 pounds of pressure is on the mat. The floor mat can be placed at the side of the bed or in a doorway to alert nurses when a patient arises, falls, or attempts to leave. A similar fall monitor is a chair mat. Like a floor mat, an alarm goes off when a patient sits out of or moves around in a chair.

5. Dome Lights

A nurse call dome light outside the provides nurses and staff a visual notification just outside the patient room when a patient needs assistance. When the patient uses the nurse call button, the annunciator panel and dome light indicate the room or zone in need of assistance.