Patients and staff can relax in the knowledge that should help be required, either by the patient or by a member of staff, assistance can be directed to the specific room at the touch of a button.
What is Network II?
It is an addressable nurse call system designed to work, as the name implies, on a simple electronic network. Designed with features and facilities requested by our clients over the years to provide a cost efficient and easy to install system.
Who uses the system?
The system is used by NHS trusts, residential care homes and nursing homes throughout the United Kingdom. The system has been exported to Europe, the Middle East and Australasia.
How does it work?
Patients and staff initiate calls from our range of nurse call points. Four call levels are available, patient-to-nurse, nurse-to-nurse, crash alarm and staff attack. The room’s identity is then displayed on the indicator panels at the nurse base stations, they can also be sent to radio pagers for staff who are on the move. Staff can register their presence in a room allowing other staff members to locate them. Another feature enables staff to log their attendance, or visit, to a room when carrying out regular checks.
What information can be displayed?
Any text you want up to 20 characters. Each nurse call point is programmed with the room name for example, ‘Ward B bedroom 2’ or ‘Dining Area’ so staff don’t have to remember numeric codes. This information is programmed into the system during the installation and commissioning stage and can be easily changed at any time by using a programming unit. This gives the flexibility to keep the nurse call system up-to-date when rooms have a change of use.
Is it a well proven system?
Yes! We have been designing, manufacturing, installing and servicing nurse call systems for over 35 years. The Network II system has been installed to great acclaim in many establishments throughout the UK and it has proved to be a very reliable and stable system requiring little or no maintenance.
Is it suitable for connecting to existing wiring?
Yes! This was the main reason we designed the Network II nurse call system. The market for replacing old inferior systems is rising rapidly with the advent of tougher care standards. It has also proved to be a cost effective solution when hospital wards have been refurbished and the old nurse call systems have been replaced. With our system having such minimal wiring requirements, it also has advantages in other parts of the market. Indeed, the majority of our installations have been into new developments.
How is it wired?
The system is centred around the control unit, or the appropriately named Hub. When replacing a system, two wires are connected from each nurse call point back to the new Hub position, either individually or in a ‘daisy-chain’ sequence. When wiring for a new system, the call points are wired on radials. Up to 20 units can be connected to these radials meaning that one wire may be all that is required to connect up the equipment in a ward or corridor section. Even the indicator panels can be connected to the radials. The overall result is a fast and efficient installation with the least amount of disruption. Ancillary equipment for example, ceiling mounted pull switches, are wired back to their respective call points. Full installation and programming manuals are available to guide you through the process.
What size systems can be installed?
The system is extremely flexible and one Hub will support up to 254 addressable call points and 26 indicator panels with no extra power supplies or boosters being required. If the system requirement is for a larger, ward-based system, hubs can be interlinked to provide whatever size scheme is required.
Does the system have data storage?
You have two choices. The preferred option is the software package, allowing you to save all information onto a PC. You can view selected room information, dates, times, types of call and more. All can be printed out using the PC’s own printer or saved onto disk for future use. There is no need for a dedicated PC, the programme can be minimised whilst the usual day-to-day tasks are carried out. The second option is a dedicated printer that is connected to the system and keeps a continuous print roll log of events.
Why choose NETWORK II?
The system has been designed for ease of installation and reliability. These two factors combined have made it an ideal choice for all types of projects from new builds to refurbishments to simply updating an old nurse call system. The range of facilities allied to its cost have made NETWORK II a market leader.
Learn more about our products. Choose a section below.
- Control Equipment
- Programming Units
- Indicator panels and sounders
- Call points and ancillaries
- Reset keys and infra-red transmitters
- Additional equipment
- Door monitoring equipment
- Interface equipment
Hub and power supply NET201
The HUB is the central control of the Network II system and has the ultimate capacity of 254 addressable call points and 26 LCD indicator panels. The cabinet has a lockable hinged door and houses the main control PCB (HUB), the power supply unit and has space for battery back up, if required. It should be installed centrally in the system layout, normally in a secure location and requires a 240 mains supply from an un-switched fused spur. An input from a day night volume control switch is available to adjust the volume of the LCD indicator panels, alternatively this can be set to automatically change at a certain time of day. A voltage free set of contacts is provided to trigger external devices in the event of a call, an alarm call or a crash call. These contacts can be used to trigger tone pagers or additional voltage sounder or strobe lights etc.
Battery back-up NET202
This is an option for buildings that may be particularly prone to mains failures. The standard rechargeable battery supplied has a 7Ah capacity. Larger back-up systems can be supplied and we can calculate the size of the battery from the required duration and the size of the system.
Jack plug programmer NET236
It is used during commissioning to programme the non-infra-red addressable points i.e. RED245, RED210 and RED218 etc. with their unique address number and the text descriptions. The information is entered into the programmer it is then plugged in to the point via the jack socket. This transfers the programming information to the call point.
Indicator panel with large text display NET243
These indicator panels use the larger style 20 digit LCD modules, the two rows of text are displayed using illuminated 12mm high characters. Each indicator panel has an integral sounder and includes a mute switch to silence the call tone for a pre-determined period. The unit displays two calls simultaneously and, if more calls are made, the display can be scrolled to show each call in turn. Differing call tones let the staff know what level of alarm call has been initiated. A further button allows the installing engineer to adjust the settings of the display, these include day/night time volumes and mute delay. Another feature allows any of the control buttons to be isolated preventing misuse.
Extension sounder RED212
This extension sounder is used to mimic the indicator panel call tones. They provide a cost effective way of providing an alarm sound is areas where indicator panels are not required. The tones generated are louder than those from the range of indicator panels.
A range of call points for the patients and staff. Our call point with infra-red sensor is proving to be the popular option for lounge and sitting areas and is used with a patients infra-red call button.
Nurse call unit NET205M
Usually located at each bed-head, they feature a large orange button, which is used by patients when in need of assistance. Staff attending a call can raise a more urgent staff-to-staff call to summon help if necessary and a third call level, crash call, can be used for medical emergencies. They have a socket for a push-to-call extension lead (NET206) that is monitored in case the lead is pulled out from its socket inadvertently. The staff operations are carried out using push buttons on this version. The blue reset button can also be used to log a visit to a room and also register the nurses presence within the room. A reassurance light is illuminated red to reassure a call has been made and green to inform the patient that staff are on their way.
Nurse call unit NET205
Having the same features and functions as the NET205M above, with the staff operations on this call unit controlled by a magnetic key (NET216).
Reset unit NET204M
A device designed to receive an input from an external alarm source for example, a door bell push button or a lift alarm call point. Once activated it is reset by pressing the blue button. A red staff-to-staff alarm button is also provided and the same visit and presence facilities are included.
Reset unit NET204
As the NET204M but using a magnetic key for the reset and alarm functions.
Push-to-call lead NET206
Designed to plug into our range of nurse call units. It comes equipped with a sturdy lead 2.5 metres long with moulded jack plug and cable strain. A large orange button is provided for the patient to press with a finger or even the palm of their hand. If the lead is accidentally pulled away from the nurse call point, a call will be made to draw the fact to the attention of the carer. The lead is shown in its wall mounted holster that can be provided so the lead can be stored safely and neatly when not in use.
Magnetic staff key NET216
Economical key-fob style units used to operate various staff-only facilities. Staff can carry them to cancel calls, record room visits or to facilitate staff-to-staff and crash calls.
Patients infra-red call transmitter NET208
This infra-red transmitter is ideal for patients to use as it has a large orange button that is easy to press. Used in conjunction with our range of nurse call points with an built-in infra-red sensor (NET207M). They come supplied with a neck cord with a break-strain adaptor.
Over door indicator light NET210
A useful option, these lights can be fitted outside each room to indicate that an alarm call has been made from inside. Staff often find them useful in the rapid location of calls. The light pulses red to signal which priority of call has been initiated. It can be used as a group light to indicate calls from up to eight alarm points.
Ceiling mounted pull switch NET214
These switches are commonly used in bathrooms and toilets etc. They are fitted with 2.5 metres of orange cord and have two triangular pulls fitted for ease of use. They incorporate a red reassurance light to indicate that a call has been made.
Day/night volume control switch NET211
Used to switch the indicator panel sounders from their day time to night time volume settings.
Nurse call unit with stainless steel face plate NET265M
This unit is manufactured on a stainless steel, flush mounting face plate. It has a raised red call button, a reset button and a reassurance light. Designed for environments where damage to standard nurse call points may occur. The design of this product can be altered to suit your requirements and specifications, contact our sales team for further information.
Nurse call unit with stainless steel face plate NET265
With the same features and functions as our NET265M, but using a magnetic key for reset.
Used to alarm fire exit doors, store rooms and controlled drugs cabinets.
This equipment gives you a cost effective monitoring system fully integrated with the Red Alert system.
Door monitor NET218
Located adjacent to doors or drug cabinets, these units generate an alarm call if the door is breached. A key switch is provided to isolate the door monitor when a door needs to be opened, the same key is used to reset following an activation. A red reassurance light shows its status. A timed override feature is provided to allow staff to exit a door without it activating. This can be done by a simple magnetic key swipe (see RED216 staff key) or if a higher level of security is required by a coded access keypad.
Over door light with sounder NET219
Used in conjunction with the door monitor, this indicator light can be fitted above a controlled door to indicate when an alarm call has been made. These over door lights are fitted with a sounder to attract attention audibly as well as visually.
Alphanumeric pager transmitter NET228
An alphanumeric paging transmitter used in conjunction with the RED229 pocket pagers. The pager is used to send text messages to the response staff showing them the precise location where assistance is required. It can be configured in many different ways for example, allowing only the highest priority alarm calls to be paged or to link several Red Alert systems via a common paging system. It can also be configured to work as an on-site paging system with connections to a PC or telephone system. It is supplied with RS232 interface unit, connection lead and aerial.
Alphanumeric pocket pager NET229
Carried by response staff, these units can be programmed to bleep and vibrate, alerting staff that an alarm call has been received. The pager’s display shows the exact origin and the type of alarm call received. They are supplied with a belt clip holster and a bungee cord to reduce the chance of accidental damage.
Datastore software package RED234
The software package enables all events on the Red Alert system to be logged on a PC. The date, time, location and type of alarm call will be recorded along with reset and fault reports. A dedicated PC and printer is not required and the programme can be minimised and run in the background.
- It is possible to print selected data using the PC’s own printer.
- The information displayed can be filtered to only shown the data you are currently interested in i.e. all logged information for CONSULTING ROOM 2.
- An alert popup window or sound can be set to inform you of a new event.
- The colours of the text, background and font can be altered to suit your requirements.
- Personal details can be entered for each identification in the log i.e. response procedures, access requirements etc.
- IP based Alarm Call Logging and Fault Management Software suite
- Remote access to systems logs via your IP network
- Allows maintenance engineers to remotely verify system status