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Staff-to-staff (emergency)

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Emergency switch

It is necessary to give nursing staff the ability to call for assistance should the need arise while attending a patient. A switch for this purpose should be incorporated on the bedhead services and in any other area where assistance may be required. Areas that have no other form of communication may require this facility (for example treatment rooms).

Visual signals

Operation of the staff emergency switch at any bed or other location, where fitted, should cause the sequence of lamps as described in the “Patient-to-nurse” section to illuminate in a flashing mode (whether a normal call is in force or not) until the emergency switch is returned to normal.

Where a group lamp is positioned to indicate calls from more than one source, the raising of an emergency call from one section should not be masked by a steady illumination from another section that has a normal call in operation.

Operation of the emergency switch should cause the system to operate in one of the following ways:

  • it should override any patient calls and bathroom/WC calls on the system when the emergency call is made, storing these until the emergency call is cancelled, when they are reinstated automatically;
  • it should not affect any patient or emergency calls from any other point that are in force or need to be made during the emergency.

Audible signals

Use of an emergency switch should cause all the tone sounders of the system to operate in phase with the flashing lamps.

If the quiet (or mute) setting of the control switch at the staff communications base has been selected, this will be overridden.