Nurse call systems are all designed to improve caregiver response times, which allow patients to get the help they need faster. Health facilities can customize emergency communication systems to meet their unique needs—for the convenience of caregivers and patients, clients can choose how staff can receive alerts, whether it’s via a medical paging system, email, text message, audio calls, or client monitor screen.
Nurse call systems have been proven to:
- Decrease call light response times – Quicker response rates mean improved patient satisfaction.
- Provide staff with more information and allow for more informed communication between support areas of the facility, i.e. pharmacy, lab, dietary.
- Flexibility – The system must adapt to emerging technology; this adaptability can protect the facilities investment.
When working with healthcare facilities to install or update their nurse call emergency communication systems, RTM provides MEP/FP engineering services to verify, assess, and confirm system requirements, while assisting clients in finding the system that best fits the needs of their facility.
“At RTM, we have the ability to review different nurse call technology that is present within the marketplace,” said RTM Associate Matthew Zega, P.E. “From there, clients decide on specifications, which can include whether their system will be wired, wireless, or a combination and move on to choose a model that fits best with their current operations.”
Throughout the project, RTM works with clients to understand and address concerns from a maintenance standpoint. In the first phase of the project, RTM evaluates existing construction to answer questions, including where staff stations will be located, will the construction include single or dual patient stations, and will it leverage TV and/or lighting controls. This helps to confirm wiring and equipment needs.
On many projects, after the evaluation process, RTM puts together a narrative that details needs and specifications as it relates to wiring and equipment. Based on existing construction, we collaborate with facility staff to nail down project details from specifying system models to conduit sizing, ensuring the new system runs smoothly with current operations. Client approval is required before construction begins. We work with architects and facility directors on-site once construction has begun to ensure specifications from the report are being addressed and to make adjustments where needed.
We recognize that every design decision we make impacts patient care, facilities, and cost. RTM employs an engineering strategy focused on listening, learning, and challenging to ensure operational efficiencies and bolster patient satisfaction. Click here to learn more about RTM’s healthcare expertise.