BEAMS will call you to a room if it detects that a bedside equipment alarm is sounding. I.e., A syringe pump is occluding. BEAMS requires the equipment alarm to either be a continuous tone or a repeating tone pattern that continues indefinitely. It cannot detect alarms that are short beeps/pulses that do not repeat.
No. BEAMS will not detect when a nurse call button is pressed.
No. The BEAMS monitors have no audio recording capabilities, and no audio is stored on them at any point.
With a couple of exceptions, the BEAMS monitors require 45 seconds of uninterrupted alarm to trigger. Some low priority alarms require up to 2 minutes.
For the majority of equipment alarms, BEAMS will cancel the alert 45 seconds after the equipment alarm has stopped sounding. For some low priority alarms, it may take up to 2 minutes.
When an equipment alarm has been detected in a patient room, a signal is sent to the nurse console display and sounder units. The display will show a flashing red warning that indicates the room in which the alarm has been detected, the alarm name I.e., Phillips V60 - High Priority, and the duration the alarm has been active for. The warning list can be scrolled up and down using the touch screen if too many are active to fit on the display at once. The speakers will also immediately sound a spoken alert that describes the room number and alarm name. The audio alert will repeat every 45 seconds unless the alarm is acknowledged or the equipment alarm in the patient room stops sounding.
Simply tap the flashing red warning on the nurse console screen to acknowledge the alarm. This will immediately turn the warning green and will stop all audio alerts for the alarm. If the equipment alarm remains sounding in the patient room the acknowledgement will timeout after a pre-agreed upon amount of time (usually 5 minutes). When the acknowledgement times-out it will again begin to flash in red on the nurse console and audio alerts for the alarm will start again. The alarm can always be re-acknowledged.
We recommend acknowledging alarms this way whenever possible before attending to the room, in order to pause the repeating audio alert and indicate to other nursing staff that the alarm is being dealt with.
There are a few situations that can cause this, the most common of which is that the alarm tone has not yet been entered into the BEAMS database. Please let BEAMS support know as soon as possible if this occurs.
While every precaution has been taken to minimize false triggers, the BEAMS monitors can still rarely trigger when specific noises are present, or if it can hear equipment alarms in adjacent rooms. Please let BEAMS support know as soon as possible, noting the date and time of the false trigger and the specific alarm that the nurse console and speakers alerted for.
The green LED simply indicates the unit is powered on. The yellow LED will illuminate when the monitor detects one or more equipment alarms and will turn off once the monitor detects that the alarm has stopped sounding. The red LED indicates that the monitor has encountered an error. If this remains illuminated for more than 1-2 hours, please contact BEAMS support.
These warnings appear on the display when the system has detected that it cannot communicate with a particular unit, usually due to it being switched off. Please switch the unit back on if this is the case. If the unit was already switched on, please remove power for 5 seconds and then switch it back on. It may take up to 5 minutes for the warning to be removed once the unit is powered on. Please contact BEAMS support if the warning persists.
Please contact BEAMS support. An audio recording will need to be taken for every type of alarm that the equipment can generate. The recordings should last at least 1 minute and have as little background noise as possible. This can be done either by a member of staff using a mobile phone or by an attending BEAMS engineer. Please allow for a couple days after the recordings have been received by the BEAMS team for the alarms to be added to the monitor's database.
Please contact BEAMS support for any necessary system configuration changes.
You can either email [email protected] or call on 01246 819100.