Nurse Call Systems – Wired or Wireless?

Healthcare units are always facing the vexed question – Should they go in for a wired or wireless nurse call system? Which is better and why?

If you ask a manufacturer, he will no doubt offer a somewhat biased opinion towards the product he is selling.

Each system has its advantages and disadvantages depending on the situation.

We will try and give you the pros & cons of both types of system enabling you to make an informed decision.

If you are installing into a new facility, go for wired. If you need to install into an existing, operating premises then go for wireless. Having stated that, let us delve a bit deeper.

The wired system calls for the hassle and the upheaval required to install cables. If you can withstand that, then wired is probably the best option. You could opt for hiding the cables in the walls and flooring or use a trunking system. Hiding the cables is a neater option, but this call for chasing the walls, holes for the boxes etc. Also if you have to lay the cables through the floor, God forbid, it can be a huge mess. The cables have to run through the corridors through the false ceiling,

What happens if you have to refurbish the room at a later date or move the bed? Also while the laying of cables is being carried out, it renders the room useless. Wireless systems score heavily here against wired systems.

Most wireless systems can be installed and commissioned in as little as a single day. Once the system is designed and installed properly, there is no need for boosting radio signal strength.

If you were to opt for trunking over wires, you will obviate the need for chasing walls. However, the other problems continue as before. Trunking stands out like a sore thumb and makes it unappetising visually.

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