Improving communication among nurses and patients

Ünlütürk M. S., Özcanhan M. H., Dalkılıç G.

COMPUTER METHODS AND PROGRAMS IN BIOMEDICINE, vol.120, no.2, pp.102-112, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 120 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.cmpb.2015.04.004
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.102-112
  • Keywords: Asynchronous events, Nurse call systems, Real-time location, Socket communication, Software polling
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Patients use nurse call systems to signal nurses for medical help. Traditional push button-flashing lamp call systems are not integrated with other hospital automation systems. Therefore, nurse response time becomes a matter of personal discretion. The improvement obtained by integrating a pager system into the nurse call systems does not increase care efficiency, because unnecessary visits are still not eliminated. To obtain an immediate response and a purposeful visit by a nurse; regardless of the location of nurse in hospital, traditional systems have to be improved by intelligent telephone system integration. The results of the developed Nurse Call System Software (NCSS), the Wireless Phone System Software (WPSS), the Location System Software (LSS) and the communication protocol are provided, together with detailed XML message structures. The benefits of the proposed system are also discussed and the direction of future work is presented. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.