According to statista.com, there were just around 23.8 million fixed-telephone subscriptions registered during 2021 in India. In comparison, there were over 1.15 billion wireless subscriptions in the country. This probably isn’t that surprising since increasingly wireless is in and wired is out.
While this is the case of the telecom sector, things are moving in that direction in other sectors as well. More and more printers are becoming wireless and the usage of wireless internet is increasing by leaps and bounds. Not to be left behind, nurse call systems too are moving now from the aged wired systems to wireless.
How are wireless nurse call systems better than the wired systems?
In the absence of wires, it is possible to add devices at will. There are times when we need to convert a single room to a twin sharing room or vice versa. With a wireless system, this is a breeze as there is no need for any wiring. For existing buildings, it may also be physically impossible to run wires in some locations which makes wireless the only alternative.
Patients / residents no longer want to remain confined to the bedside. They prefer to walk around (when possible, of course) and in times like these, providing them with a wireless pendant such that they can use anywhere in the building or even on the campus, is a huge feature for safety.
The wireless systems have evolved over time and so are robust and resilient. Repeaters placed at vantage locations make sure that the signal reaches the destination from every nook and corner as required by the facility.
It is obvious that the wiring costs would be saved when using a wireless system. A good wireless nurse call system needs less repeaters to cover the same area and so the total cost of owner ship is also brought down as was evidenced at the upcoming largest multi-speciality hospital of India. They could there cover over 100 OPDs without the need for a single repeater bringing down the TCO by more than 10%. No doubt that these aesthetically designed wireless systems are the choice for progressive hospitals and institutions.
Wireless systems are relatively ZERO maintenance. Every 15 ~ 18 months, the batteries need to be replaced which is going to mean someone’s time, access to the rooms and the cost of the batteries. In the grand scheme of things, this is a small cost.
Wireless nurse call systems are here to stay. New facilities are actively considering Wireless systems over wired for the some of the above reasons. In fact, India's largest multi-speciality hospital is using wireless systems too. What is stopping you?