Communication Between Hospital Personnel And A Medical Emergency

994 Words Nov 16th, 2014 4 Pages
“Beam Me Up, Scotty!” - Star Trek Technology in Healthcare
Imagine being on the U.S.S. Starship Enterprise and a medical emergency occurs. How do you contact medical personnel in sick bay? Anyone who has watched the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” television series will tell you communication between crewmembers is a simple matter of using the communicator attached to your uniform. Forty years ago this technology was futuristic. In today’s hospitals, this technology is now a reality.
Communication between hospital personnel is a key component to providing quality care to patients. Throughout the course of a hospital shift, health care workers communicate with each other in order to meet patient needs and convey critical information. Most hospitals rely on a combination of call bell and paging systems wherein a patient rings the nursing station by pressing a button on the hospital bed or on a remote control. The patient’s call is put through to a nursing station where it is answered by a unit secretary or other staff member. The patient’s message is then relayed to the appropriate provider via a paging or cellular telephone system. This type of system is cumbersome and many times cause an interruption to the called medical provider who may also be working with other patients. However, the manner in which these communications occur has changed in recent years. The introduction of hands-free communication devices has improved team communication, work efficiency,…

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