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Wireless fob offers improved patient safety

Static Systems Group has introduced a wireless call fob that easily connects to existing wired nurse call systems, giving patients the freedom to move around their room yet still be able to instantly request staff assistance.

With Trusts looking to provide prime healing environments alongside positive patient experiences, patients are being encouraged, if able, to become mobile. This can, however, potentially pose a risk to a patient’s safety and well-being if they are unable to call for assistance because the wall-mounted patient hand unit is out of reach.

To resolve this issue, Static Systems has designed its new Lnx™ Patient Call Fob, a cost-effective retro-fit solution that is simple to set up and easily connects to any Static Systems’ Ultima and Codemlon nurse call system within a matter of minutes following replacement of the existing patient hand unit with its Lnx equivalent.

With no need for additional infrastructure or re-programming, the patient call fob instantly forms an integral part of the nurse call system, adopting the characteristics of other patient-to-staff alarms, including follow-the-light operation, alerts at the nurse station and smart devices.

“With patients now being encouraged to move around their room there is a growing requirement for wireless patient call fobs. Many products are available, however they generally require their own infrastructure which can be costly,” comments Static Systems’ Marketing Manager, Jennie Terry.

“With the majority of UK hospitals already using our patient-to-nurse communication systems, we set out to develop a mobile call unit that uses the existing nurse call infrastructure and operates in a manner already familiar to staff. Our cost-effective wireless solution is more reliable than a standalone alternative and brings patients greater peace of mind.”

The fob which is attached to an anti-ligature lanyard, is intuitive to operate and includes a reassurance LED to confirm operation. Powered by a standard battery, an alarm is raised to indicate low battery.

The device can easily be relocated to an alternative bed area as occupancy changes - eliminating the need to purchase a device for every bed. It can also be used in day rooms and similar areas.

Once installed, up to seven additional devices can be connected locally to the patient bedside. This includes special needs call units and bedroom door alarm, as well as providing a convenient connection point for third-party systems, such as enuresis alarm and infusion pump alert.

With inpatient falls continuing to challenge the NHS, a popular use of Lnx is to connect a pressure mat - placed on the floor alongside the bed – to provide ‘bed exit alert’; helping to make staff aware of a patient leaving their bed within the shortest possible time.

Additionally, by integrating bed exit alert with the nurse call system the bedhead, room and en-suite lighting can be automatically switched on at a specified level as the patient steps onto the mat - helping staff to better manage the patient environment and further improve patient safety.

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