Another study (Tzeng, 2010) addressed RN perspectives of the nature of patient-initiated call light
Additional steps were required to answer call light
requests, with additional trips needed to provide the care requested.
I know this now that I have been on both sides of that call light
Both the nurse call light
tracking and patient movement systems contain digital time-stamped data.
Have you been asked to push the 64.5% (20) 3.2% (1) call light
when getting out of bed?
(2006) Effects of nursing rounds on patients' call light
use, satisfaction and safety.
In a call light
study over a 6-week period, a decrease was noted in call lights
from 13,216 in the 2-week period prior to initiating hourly rounding, to 9,316 in the 2 weeks after hourly rounding was initiated (Meade, Bursell, & Kelelsen, 2006).
The CNS convened a team to identify interventions to improve patient fall rates, call light
usage, and patient satisfaction scores.
Doe's history of falls, the staff had already met to review and discuss a plan of care; this included taking her to the bathroom prior to bedtime, performing frequent rounds, ensuring the call light
button was within her reach and placing her in a room closer to the nursing station for better observation.
Control charts are a method of monitoring data on selected attributes or quality indicators (e.g., falls, call light
usage, medication areas, infection rates) over time.
Factors contributing to a patient's overall satisfaction with inpatient hospital care include measures, such as commode assistance, call light
placement, and telephone placement (Kerfoot, 2008; Meade et al., 2006).
A common understanding is that if a nurse responds to a call light
more quickly, the patient may be less likely to fall.