What Is The Difference Between Self-Monitored and Professionally Monitored Medical Alarm Systems?

What Is The Difference Between Self-Monitored and Professionally Monitored Medical Alarm Systems?
November 26, 2018 Kelsey

The way your medical system is monitored is extremely important, and is something to think about before choosing an alarm system. Read on to find out the differences between a self-monitored and professionally monitored system!

What Is The Difference Between Self-Monitored and Professionally Monitored Medical Alarm Systems?

Self-Monitored Medical Alarm Systems

When the emergency button on the base unit or pendant is activated on a self-monitored device the unit automatically calls the user’s emergency contact or contacts. This emergency contact then needs to determine the best course of action to take, which may be assisting the user themselves or contacting emergency services if the user is in serious danger. These systems typically use a SIM card, which you must activate and make sure there is sufficient credit on at all times.

When you’re thinking of purchasing a self-monitored system, it is necessary to consider the dangers to these types of systems. Although you can program multiple emergency contacts into the unit, if these contacts were travelling, out of mobile range, or simply didn’t have their phone on them, they wouldn’t be able to answer a potentially life saving call. These self-monitored systems don’t automatically test that the communication paths are working, meaning a malfunction could occur and will remain unnoticed until the user presses the emergency button and the device does not function as expected.

Luckily, these issues can be resolved by using a professionally monitored alarm system. We regularly have users transition from a self-monitored to a professionally monitored system after they experienced an incident that endangered them through the failings of self-monitoring, such as emergency contacts not responding to the alarm activation or SIM cards running out of credit.

What Is The Difference Between Self-Monitored and Professionally Monitored Medical Alarm Systems?

Professionally Monitored Medical Alarm Systems

When using a professionally monitored system, pressing the emergency button notifies the APERS Care Team that the user is in danger. One of our specially trained Care Team members then calls the user through the Base Unit, allowing them to assess and understand the user’s situation, then respond as necessary, by either calling a designated emergency contact, or if required, notifying emergency services.

The Care Team also activates, renews and manages the devices SIM card, so you can rest assured that help is available and accessible when you need it most. Additionally, the Medical Alarm Base Unit automatically sends regular test report to the APERS Care Team to confirm the communication paths are working effectively, monitors the mains power and tests the battery in both the base unit and pendant, ensuring that both have sufficient charge. If an issue were reported or the device had low battery a signal is sent to the Care Team to follow up.

The APERS Care Team operates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, meaning there’s always a professional waiting to help you in your time of need. The Care Centre has multiple power supplies, generators and communication paths, ensuring complete redundancy and seamless service if for any unforeseen reason these systems were to be disturbed. The Care Team also has details on the user’s background and medical history, or medication the user may take – all information that may be needed if emergency services were to attend the situation.

Still don’t know which system is the one for you? Give our Care Team a call on 1300 852 148 or contact us for more information!