The start and end of Daylight Savings Time is a great time to give your paging device a bi-annual checkup. As a health system, pagers act as fundamental tool for disseminating short pieces of information to a large number of people in a matter of seconds. Use these 6 important reminders to ensure the proper functionality and message receipt of your essential device.
- Change Your Batteries: You’ve likely heard this one before, but it’s worth repeating. If that interminable beeping sound seems to be getting fainter with each day, check your pagers battery display screen. Once your battery life is less than ½ it’s time for a replacement.
- Delete Old Messages: One of the most common complaint’s we hear is “I’m not getting any pages.” Please remember that unlike cellphone text messages, pagers have a much smaller message storage capacity. Once the pager’s memory is full, users may experience issues with missed or delayed pages.
- Change the Pager Time: One of the most important things to remember about your paging device is that it does not feature a “real time clock” that automatically adjusts the time when we fall back or spring forward. Users must manually set the time on their pagers to ensure that the message notification time is reflected accurately.
- Take Stock of Group Pager Lists: Daylight Savings Time isn’t just a great time to perform routine maintenance on your individual devices. It’s also a perfect time for staff, who own, manage or maintain group pagers lists to review department lists, emergency code lists and special event lists. Upon review, be sure to contact the Service Desk to add/delete group members or provide an update if the pager group is no longer needed.
- Clean Out Drawers:Check the desk drawers, cabinets and lockers inside your unit for paging devices that may no longer be in use by your department. Broken, damaged and mislabeled devices may need to be replaced or returned to the vendor. Equipment that is no longer in use may be accruing costly and unnecessary charges.
- Clean the Screen: Do not clean your pager device with disinfectants or chemical based cleaners. These products tend to easily infiltrate your device display screen and can cause discoloration and message distortion. Instead, wipe your device with a dry or slightly damp cloth.