Curbell Electronics out of Orchard Park, NY has just released its new in-bed patient communication devices and was showing them off at Medica 2008. The Gen4 have a speaker phone to talk to the nurses, a bunch of large buttons to control the bed, TV, and whatever else the room features. And they’re apparently tested not to cause explosions with oxygen tanks in the vicinity.
To address oxygen safety concerns, UL listed Gen 4 Patient Handsets have been tested with their respective nurse call systems to verify that they can be used in an oxygen-enriched atmosphere. The patient handsets are also sealed to the IPX7 rating, to help prevent fluid-based contaminants from getting into the patient handsets where they could ultimately be passed from patient to patient.
Gen 4 Patient Handsets can be integrated with most nurse call systems and hospital-grade TVs and have the flexibility to meet facility wiring requirements. The patient handsets can also be easily reprogrammed by hospital staff for use with multiple TV brands within the facility, for seamless integration, and are available with analog or digital volume, a stereo headphone jack, and up to six auxiliary buttons to control priority nurse call, lighting, temperature, drapes, or other in-room features.