Avoid interruptions with wireless pagers

Are you tired of constantly being interrupted while performing tasks? Jerry Keyes, RN, director of emergency services at Florida Hospital Celebration Health has a good solution for you. ED staff at his facility use a wireless pager system to schedule incoming messages and reminders.

"How nice to have a page come to you reminding you of an important meeting, while you have become distracted by the other 100 tasks you are dealing with," he says. You can schedule daily reminder messages to jog your memory about routine tasks, such as staff meetings or scheduled inservices, Keyes says. "This is a great time management tool and an effective way for staff to give you reminders without writing long notes or trying to otherwise track you down, especially where phone calls would be inappropriate," he says.

Keyes suggests using wireless pages to notify physicians of callbacks or test results to speed up the disposition of patients. "We also use it to send messages to radiology or lab, without having to interrupt their patient care work," he says.

[Editor’s note: For more information, contact Jerry Keyes, RN, Director, Emergency Services, Florida Hospital Celebration Health, 400 Celebration Place, Celebration, FL 34747. Telephone: (407) 303-4034. Fax: (407) 303-4334. E-mail: Jerry.Keyes@FLHOSP.ORG.]