(a)  In general patient areas, each room shall be served by at least one calling station and each bed shall be provided with a call button.  Two call buttons serving adjacent beds may be served by one calling station.  Calls shall register with the floor staff and shall activate a visible signal in the corridor at the patient's or resident's door.  In multi‑corridor nursing units, additional visible signals shall be installed at corridor intersections.  In rooms containing two or more calling stations, indicating lights shall be provided at each station.  Nurses' calling systems which provide two‑way voice communication shall be equipped with an indicating light at each calling station which lights and remains lighted as long as the voice circuit is operating.  A nurses' call emergency button shall be provided for patients' use at each patient toilet, bath, and shower room.

(b)  At least one telephone shall be available in each area to which patients are admitted and additional telephones or extensions as are necessary to ensure availability in case of need.

(c)  General outdoor lighting shall be provided adequate to illuminate walkways and drive.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 131E‑202;

Eff. June 1, 1991.