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Do you manage a health care facility with patients or residents? Then you use some form of nurse call system. Many facilities are hesitant to upgrade from pull cord systems because they have to balance many different budgetary needs. Yet a wireless nurse call system can save money. In fact, it offers several advantages over older systems like pull cords:

Accessibility: A pull cord requires a patient or resident to be physically able to get to the pull cord. This isn’t always the case when a nurse is most needed – during a medical emergency. It doesn’t make sense that the system we use to call for help requires that we don’t need that help in the first place. A wireless system is based around buttons that hang from the neck – a patient always has access to them.

Supervision: Electronic supervision means that the wireless system alerts you to needs. A pull cord system requires your employees to sometimes shadow residents who are in bad shape to the point of aggravation. This way if the resident can’t get to the pull cord, an employee can use it to call for help. This shadowing doesn’t help your employee do their other work or help the resident feel relaxed. Constant electronic supervision to readily accessible nurse calls let your staff focus on all residents, as well as the other work that helps everyone be safe and secure.

Ease of Maintenance: When a pull cord system malfunctions, you have to dig into the walls to find and replace the broken parts. That means the repair cost goes beyond the system, and includes walls and even wires or pipes that need to be removed. That gets expensive fast. Wireless means maintenance only needs to happen on the central system and a few receivers. It’s less likely to break, needs less frequent repair, and maintenance is much quicker.

Inspector Reports: An electronic system like this can be set up to prepare its own reports. That saves your employees the hassle of looking back over records and compiling information. It also means fewer mistakes that inspectors can nail you on. It helps inspectors, and it helps you stay in business.