Mounting Vocera Devices to a Bed

As part of the care team connect, improvising patient-caregiver communication is essential. Vocera recommends mechanisms to fasten the Vocera devices at the location of the patient.

The following are the recommendations:
Note: Hospital policy determines whether a Vocera device is attached to the gown of a patient or a bed.

Beds With Flat Surfaces

A zip tie adhesive mount, with the standard dimensions of 1-inch square to accommodate a 4.8 mm zip tie, is fixed on a flat surface of the bed rail. It can be placed either close to where a nurse call panel is located or near the middle of the top rail.

A standard 4 mm zip tie is then inserted horizontally into the adhesive mount to form a loop; the loop should be large enough to accommodate a Vocera device clip. The Vocera device clip can then be attached to the horizontal loop.

Utilize the standard clip for the Vocera device so that the device can be easily detached from the zip tie loop to replace the battery. It also permits the Vocera device to be attached to the patient if there is any need to move the patient away from the bed.

Beds With Curved Rails

Longer zip tie could be fastened to a tubular rail to which the Vocera device clip could be attached.

If there are rails of any form, or no flat surface to attach an adhesive zip tie mount to, it is recommended to attach the Vocera device to a patient using the universal clip.

Positioning for Audio Effectiveness

The Vocera device must be configured to have Group Mode enabled for the patient.

When a pateint and the caregiver are in a call, there is flexibility in changing the position of the Vocera device.

Locating the Vocera device at or below chest height is preferred. This position is relatively convenient for a patient to press the Call button. It also delivers good quality audio for the patient and the caregiver to communicate.

If a bed rail needs to be lowered to its full extent the Vocera device may drop below the covers. Voera recommends to move the Vocera device to the zip tie loop on the opposite bedrail.