Getting All Wired Up and Ready to Go

This may look like a jumble of wires to the average person.DSC07159But it is not. It is actually a group of wires that are mapped on blueprints inside the hospital’s new construction expansion.

Avery Parker, biomedical engineer at TCMH, and PJ Murray, maintenance technician, have spent the past week installing wires inside the new construction.

Avery Parker looks at blueprints for installing wires

Avery Parker looks at blueprints for installing wires

PJ Murray runs the wiring through the ceiling in the new construction

PJ Murray runs the wiring through the ceiling in the new construction

They are back at it again this week, too. Parker and Murray continue to install wires in the new construction area saving TCMH the funds from outsourcing the service and providing the maintenance department an excellent record for future use on the wiring circuits, should a need arise.

Parker calls this “killing two birds with one stone”.

“I save the hospital some money, and I know where all of the stuff is in case I have to work on it,” Parker explained.

In the heart of the basement of the new construction about half of the basement serves as control rooms for the electrical and computer circuits that will power the new facility. Each floor also has a centralized server or control room that all of the wires on a particular floor feed into and through it to the basement. For example: the wire from the second floor meets in the control room on the second floor and are fed down through the control room on the first floor to the main control room in the basement.

Parker and Murray are installing wiring for the nurse call system and the telemetry system.

The detailed wiring inside the new construction is simply color coded. Blue wires are for the computer system. Green wires are for the nurse call system. Black and white wires are coaxial cable for the telemetry system. Yellow wires are for the telemetry data.

Each wire coming into the control room is labeled by Parker with the room numbers that particular wire controls.DSC07160


Also located throughout the new construction are big circuit boxes containing the wires for seven different rooms. These big circuit boxes have wiring directly to the nurse stations, to the call system and to the emergency system.

The big circuit box is located at the top of this photo.  The green wire sticking out of the hole at the bottom of the photo is for the "code blue" light that will flash if needed in this radiology room.

The big circuit box is located at the top of this photo. The green wire sticking out of the hole at the bottom of the photo is for the “code blue” light that will flash if needed in this radiology room.

The new wiring brings a lot of enhanced technology to TCMH, too.

There will be emergency buttons in all of the patient rooms and bathrooms and in patient treatment rooms in radiology. When one of these buttons is hit a “code blue” alert will be announced through the overhead paging system, identifying the location of the code blue. Additionally, a blue light will begin flashing outside of the room where the code blue is taking place. The computer system at each nurses’ station will also have a device that allows the unit secretary to see the place where the code blue is happening, too.

The new nurse call system comes with the benefit of pages that can be limited to specific rooms or to specific nurses. No more pages that are overhead, going throughout the entire nursing area. The nurse call system also has upgrades that TCMH plans to add in the future that will monitor every time a nurse enters or exits a patient room, recording the information in the patient chart. Medications or supplies that are used in each patient room will also be automatically uploaded into the patient chart. Great technology will be in use from the moment the new doors are opened in the hospital expansion, with the capabilities of upgrading to even more.

Telemetry in the new hospital is also taking a leap forward. Telemetry monitoring at TCMH allows the hospital to measure and record patient data from a distance. An example of data collected by telemetry is the heart rate.

The new yellow telemetry wires run throughout all of the new construction and into the current hospital so that when the new telemetry system is installed 75 to 80 percent of TCMH will be wired for the system.

With the new telemetry equipment, a patient that is moved from his or her room to radiology or that takes a walk in the hospital will continue to be monitored. If the patient steps on the elevator, which is not wired for telemetry, the patient’s information will continue to be recorded and when he or she steps out of the elevator, the information will upload automatically so there is no break in the patient’s telemetry record.

Installation of the various wires took Parker and Murray about a week to complete on the first floor. Parker estimates that the second floor wiring will also take a week to complete.

In the process of installation, Parker has made some changes to the wiring plans. He intends to obtain a fresh set of blueprints to mark all of the changes so that work on the new wiring can proceed as flawlessly as possible in the future.


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