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RCare ready to equip temporary hospitals with nurse call kits


Should dormitories or hotels be needed to care for coronavirus patients in the event hospitals are overburdened, a Webster-based manufacturer of nurse-call and emergency response systems can help equip the temporary facilities.

RCare has released its Rapid Deployment Nurse Call Kit, which allows patients to signal a nurse.

The device offers a secure, 40-patient call system from one box. Installation takes five minutes and is ready for immediate use, the company says.

RCare has been serving the eldercare industry with wireless nurse call equipment for 14 years but also has responded to urgent needs of health care providers.

“Ten years ago when RGH (Rochester General Hospital) had a large flu outbreak, we designed a similar system to accommodate patients stuck in the halls,” RCare president Myron Kowal said in an email to the Rochester Business Journal.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said earlier this week that hospitals will be overwhelmed that if social distancing measures do not slow the spread of COVID-19. He also said that it could at some point be necessary to convert college dorms or hotels into temporary hospitals.

(In a survey by the Lodging Industry Investment Council, 43 percent of respondents were concerned about the commandeering of hotels by the government for emergency care.)

The Rapid Deployment Nurse Call Kit includes one touchscreen server, one pendant for each resident or patient (up to 40), and four pagers. Only one internet connection is required. A landline is not necessary.

The screen displays incoming patient calls and includes an audible alert. Patient beds are outfitted with clip-on placards that correspond to patient call buttons, identifying to caregivers which patients are calling.

RCare has 68 distributors in the United States and 28 in Canada.

For more information on the product, contact RCare at info@rcareinc.com or call (585) 671-4144.

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