The nurse call bell. Arguably the most hated piece of medical equipment in our professional kit.
Which is a little ironic really, as attending to our patients is our core business.
Here are a few examples for your examination.
Here we see your bog standard call bell. The simplicity of a single red button on a long cord. Wrapped around a bed rail or pinned to a pillow, no instructions necessary.
Nurse! Nurse! There is an app for that.
At the other end of the technological spectrum, some lucky patients can pull out their smart phone and not only call a nurse, but let them know exactly why they are calling.
Lets see….I’d like some meds, and a drink…oh and a pillow fluff. Blip. Blip. Blip.
I really like this one. It captures that quintessential expression of a nurse who is finally about to get their lunch after 7 hours straight without a break.
It’s like: Bong bong
Simple. Big. Easy to push.
Only I just don’t quite get the whole wearing a nurses cap on top of your motorcycle helmet look.
It looks like the nurse can push their own button which activates a little ‘Answer’ light at the patients end.
Perhaps it buzzes as well.
Nurses buzzing patients.
Check out this RCA call bell right out of the 50’s. Very cool.
Brilliant. Let’s put the nurse call bell right next to the patients controls for their bed.
I just want to raise my head a little…
Oops, that not it. How about this…
Hang on, here we go.
Bzzzz. Bzzzz. Bzzzz.
Nurse 1: Boy, it’s been a quiet shift tonight.
Nurse 2: Yeah, the patients are all still working their way through the call bell operating manuals.
And here is a pretty intimidating buzzer. Push it to save a life. Or get a pan. Whatever.
Of course a particularly useful strategy is to have a wide selection of call bells, so just as your patients get the hang of one you can rotate them around.
Finally, we have this. The IKEA of flat-pack call bells.
You will not get any reprieve. Sleek, sexy. Patients will not be able to resist pushing your buttons. Even if they have absolutely no idea what the blue one with the squiggly line will do.