Rauland Launches First Wireless Bed Interface at University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics

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Rauland-Borg's Responder® nurse-call system has successfully implemented a wireless bed interface at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin. The system completely eliminates nurse call bed cabling, and has resulted in an 80 percent reduction in bed maintenance calls.

Rauland-Borg Corporation, the leader in nurse call communications, launched the first wireless feature bed interface at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, significantly reducing maintenance and improving patient safety. The first of its kind in the industry, the wireless bed interface eliminates the need for a bed cable to be plugged in for activation of nurse call functions on the patient bed.

The bed "connects" to the nurse call system through two wireless devices (via radio frequency). With the bed cable eliminated, hospital staff no longer has to plug in the cable when a bed is relocated or moved for cleaning. Staff can simply execute a one-touch system for an instant "link" between the bed and the nurse call system. With simple activation and a reminder tone to ensure activation, reliability of patient-to-staff communications (including bed exit) is increased, furthering patient safety and satisfaction.

Ron Brefka, Assistant Director of Facilities at UWHC oversaw the implementation of the wireless bed interface project and spoke of the project's success. "We are extremely pleased with the results of Rauland's new wireless bed solution. We've seen an 80 percent reduction in bed maintenance calls since the project was implemented and because of this success, we are in the planning stages of expanding this to the entire facility."

The wireless bed interface is compatible with all feature beds including Stryker and Hill-Rom feature beds. For more information about the wireless bed interface and local distributors, please contact Rauland-Borg at 800-752-7725.

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