Launch of new nurse call product
19 May 2019
The new WristPIT from Pinpoint is a bespoke patient call transmitter designed to be worn on the wrist.
This wrist-worn personal infrared transmitter (WristPIT) is easily accessible and allows patients to activate a call even if they are away from their bed or a fixed call-point.
Pinpoint’s renowned PIT technology (usually worn by staff for personal safety) has, for the first time, been designed around patient use. The WristPIT can withstand showering and brief submersion in water and also incorporates antimicrobial product protection, reducing the ability for bacteria to grow.
According to figures published by the National Reporting and Learning System, around 250,000 incidents where patients required assistance in hospital were reported in 2015/16. In many cases, nursing staff remained unaware that a patient had had a fall for quite some time.
Pressing the clearly labelled call button on the WristPIT notifies the personnel on duty that a patient is requesting help and informs staff exactly where the patient is. The call button is recessed and surrounded by a bump guard to prevent false alarms.
Pinpoint Alarm systems are installed in thousands of medical facilities throughout the USA and UK. The new WristPIT is backward compatible and easily integrated into existing INSTANTalarm® 5000 Systems.
A green LED indicates the WristPIT is ‘activated’ with good battery level. When the battery requires changing, the LED flashes red until the battery is changed and the device has been retested.
In addition to being water-resistant, the WristPIT has been designed to withstand harsh environments and user tampering, meaning suitability for facilities where service users may be at risk of self-harm.