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Technology has produced many tools, gadgets, and innovations that continue to revolutionize in the field of medicine and healthcare. Overall, they help in improving healthcare dramatically, making the quality of life better especially on the lives of the patients – including those who suffer from progressive diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia.
One of those tools is the nurse call button. This system may sound simple, especially to those who are vaguely familiar with it. However, they have no idea how it works, and how does it provide benefits towards the nurse, a caregiver or any other medical staff, and the patient.
The basic function of a nurse call button is to allow the patient to alert a nurse, a caregiver or any other medical staff remotely in case they need help. When the patient presses a button when he or she needs something (e.g., needing assistance in going to the bathroom), it alerts the nurse or the nurse assistant who responds to their call. Some nurse alert systems allow the patients to speak directly to the nurse, while others allow the patients to simply make a buzz or a beep to the nurse.
On the surface, the nurse alert system such as the nurse call button seems easy. However, it is rather complex (and maybe even a bit convoluted) because it involves several components as well as its installation. But with the benefits they provide, these systems will be worth the trouble.
Nurse call buttons are ideal for patients who are invalid or confined to bed. For those who suffer injury, exhaustion, senescence or progressive diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia, what could have been a simple task such as getting out bed is not only a difficult thing to do, but it can also be hazardous.
The use of a nurse call button or any other similar alert systems allows the patients to alert the nurse, caregiver or any other medical staff to assist them in getting out of bed. The use of nurse call buttons extends beyond the hospital or nursing home, as they can also be used at one's own home.
Most nurse alert systems feature buttons for both the patient and the nurse or caregiver. On the side of the patient, the button can be placed next to the side of his/her bed or worn around his/her neck. On the side of the nurse or caregiver, the button can be in the form of a wristwatch or have the alert installed on the display monitor of the nurse's station.
Nurse call buttons come in both wired and wireless. They can be used by any ill-stricken patient who needs constant monitoring. Here are the following benefits that a nurse call button can provide to both the patient and the nurse, caregiver or any other medical personnel:
1) The nurse call button's discreet nature means that the patient can get assistance with little attention directed at them. The patient does not have to call the nurse by shouting their names over an intercom. Through this system, the communication between the patient and the nurse will remain low-key, keeping the environment quiet and calm.
2) Nurse call buttons also allow the nurse to alert other nurses or other medical personnel in case of additional help with the patient.
3) Nurse call buttons allow flexibility to the nurse, caregiver or other medical personnel. They do not have to literally stand close by the patient's bed and constantly look after them. It also lets them perform other duties while the patient is asleep.
4) They are cost-effective, especially in the case of wireless units.
5) Nurse call systems can also be integrated with the existing technological systems of a hospital or any other medical setting, such as linking them to surveillance cameras.
6) Completely wireless systems mean no unsightly wires are lying on the floor or hanging from the ceiling, and this also reduces the chances of accidents.
7) They are easy to use.
Among the top nurse call buttons include:
1) Modified call buttons with pager
As the name implies, it is a modified unit that consists of a call button and pager system to convert your existing alarm monitor (specifically models TL-2100B, TL-2100E, or TL-2100S). Output volume runs between 70 and 80 decibels. It can be placed on a bedside table or can be clipped to a belt.
2) Call button system with pager
Most nurse call systems are easy to use, and this unit is no exception. It sends alert to the call button of the nurse or caregiver which can be up to 150 feet from the call buttons. It can be placed on the countertop, bedside table or the wall, and it can be also worn around the patient's neck using a lanyard.
3) Wireless reset button
It features a waterproof call button, call cord, or emergency call light. It comes with a one-year warranty.