Exploring how nurse call systems have evolved over the past 50 years, what hospital managers are looking for in modern commissions, and how suppliers are contributing to the advancement of new technology
Imagine you are in a hospital bed and you want a glass of water, or are in pain and want to speak to a doctor or nurse about your medication.
Today, as you would have done 50 years ago, you will undoubtedly use a nurse call system so you can summon staff to your bedside when you need to.
While the systems themselves have barely changed since the war, the technology behind them is unrecognisable from those first ‘bell and buzzer’ devices.
The arrival of Internet Protocol (IP) systems have enabled, not just improvements to the underlying technology of nurse call systems, but their integration into modern internet-based technologies. As a result, what used to be simple nurse call handsets can now do a variety of other things, including room and bed lighting, control of TV or radio, and also window blinds and heating. Importantly, these computerised systems can also keep a log of activity, providing an audit trail of the nurse call facility and response times for quality control purposes.
In this special report, BBH explores how solutions have evolved over the past 50 years, what hospital managers are looking for in modern commissions, and we speak to leading nurse call systems manufacturers Aid Call, Static Systems Group and Courtney-Thorne about their contribution to the advancement of new technology.
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