Wired v Wireless
In a comparison, a hospital refurbishment project specification and drawings were provided to two leading manufacturers –
one of hard wired nurse call systems and one of wireless nurse call systems.
Courtney Thorne provided the wireless nurse call option. The requirement was for the design, supply and installation of a nurse call system into a 26 bedded unit which is set over two floors:
- 3 x nurse call display control panels at nurse station locations within the unit
- 26 x wall call units for 26 bed spaces
- 10 x wall call points
- 4 x ceiling pull cord units to cover 4 x bathroom/WC and communal areas
- A quantity of 69 light/sounders for over door call indicators
- A ‘Follow Me’ light system to guide staff to the caller
- Light/sounders were also specified for some ‘room in use’ indicators.
There is a measurable cost benefit of 40 per cent using the Courtney Thorne wireless option on a like-for-like basis.
The hardwired version cost £34,607.55, including £8,099.58 of bedhead trunking product necessary for the connection and installation/mounting of the nurse call system to existing wiring and power provision.
The Courtney Thorne system cost £20,796, including all mounting brackets and accessories for the installation/mounting of the nurse call system.
With the wireless option there is no requirement for wiring infrastructure to be used. As all the Courtney Thorne call units are battery powered, there is no requirement for mains power other than the existing supply for the 3 x nurse call display control panel locations and 9 x three-pin sockets in ceiling voids for over-door light PSUs. There is a measurable cost benefit of 40 per cent using the Courtney Thorne wireless option on a like-for-like basis.
Further consideration would need to be given to the additional costs of ward closure (or service compromise) when fixing the bedhead trunking necessary for the installation of the hardwired option.Download Case Study