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NFPA 99 & UL 1069 Nurse Call Equipment for Skilled Nursing Facilities

Designing a new skilled nursing Facility? Upgrading an outdated nurse call system at a senior center? Whatever the building codes are in your area, Cornell supplies the NFPA 99 and ANSI/UL 1069 code-compliant nurse call and emergency communication systems you may need to protect your residents. Contact the best nurse call system manufacturers at Cornell for help with:

Nurse Call Systems Designed to Meet Nursing Home Regulations

Cornell has been working on designing and manufacturing systems to improve patient care for over 40 years. We provide a variety of systems which meet current skilled nursing facility and assisted living regulations.

As a partner with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Cornell is committed to designing and delivering safe, secure, and effective emergency communication systems for nursing homes and assisted living centers across the country which meet local regulations.


Navigating Nurse Call Systems for Nursing Homes

Skilled nursing facilities have to follow national building codes to meet nurse call system requirements. But state, county, and even city laws can impact the design and implementation of your nurse call system. Contact the professionals at Cornell to make sure your system is up to date with current regulations.

There may be different nurse call regulations based on if your facility is classified as:

  • Senior center
  • Nursing home
  • Continuing care retirement community (CCRC)
  • Alzheimer’s or memory center
  • Hospice center
  • Assisted living regulations vary by state and may not require a call system, however, most Assisted Living Centers install these systems independent of the regulations for resident safety and care.

Cornell can work with you to find the right nurse call system for your facility based on local requirements.

UL 1069 Nurse Call Code Requirements

ANSI/UL 1069 details the construction, performance, reliability, and safety of nurse call system components. These regulations are detailed by NFPA 99 guidelines which define four different building categories:

  • Category 1: facilities where failure of a nurse call system is likely to result in major injury or death of patients or caregivers require an ANSI/UL 1069 approved call system
  • Category 2: facilities where failure of a nurse call system is likely to cause minor injury to patients or caregivers require an ANSI/UL 1069 approved call system
  • Category 3: facilities where failure of a nurse call system is unlikely to cause injury but could cause patient discomfort do not require an ANSI/UL 1069 approved call system
  • Category 4: facilities where failure of a nurse call system would have no impact on patient care do not require an ANSI/UL 1069 approved call system

All hard-wired nurse call system parts from Cornell Communications meet ANSI/UL 1069 requirements. Read our Product PDF’s for more details on Cornell’s nurse call components.

Product PDF’s

Nurse Call System for UL 1069 & ANSI Requirements

Regulations of NFPA 99 Nurse Call Systems

Nurse call system regulation falls into two categories:

  1. Clinical regulations on protocol and procedures for code events
  2. NFPA 99 Codes regulating physical architecture, operation characteristics and implementation
All wireless nurse call systems, mobile nurse call systems and wired nurse call systems from Cornell are built to comply with NFPA 99 regulations. Most states rely on NFPA 99, but some have their own rules and supplements. NFPA 99, NFPA 70, state and local regulations all still apply. While Cornell Communications is dedicated to creating code-compliant nurse call systems, it is the customer's responsibility to ensure their facility meets all codes.

How to Follow NFPA 99 Nurse Call Code Requirements with Cornell

Code Call Initiation

  • National, state, and local building codes often define minimum requirements for nurse call systems
  • Each responsible organization can add additional (or alternate) locations for call stations
  • Calls are only expected to be initiated by trained staff

Code Call Notification

  • Nurse call systems must have redundant forms of notification
  • Calls initiated must be visibly and audibly enunciated at the call station
  • All code calls must be audibly and visually enunciated at the primary nurse control station
  • Code calls can be sent to pocket pagers or mobile nurse call systems carried by approved staff
  • Code calls can be announced over the paging system
  • Approved staff can use the control console to manually page/call approved staff
  • Code calls can be sent to additional nurse control stations

Expected Response Time

  • Organizations are responsible for determining expected response times
  • Overall installation and layout must account for worst-case, aggregate team and individual team locations at any given time
  • Mobile nurse call systems, like inform  or indePendent can improve response times up to 75%
Ensure your facility meets all the NFPA 99 code call regulations for initiation, notification, and expected response time by using a custom Cornell nurse call system.
NFPA 99 Nurse Call Code Requirements

Get a Free Quote on Emergency and Nurse Call Systems

Cornell provides components for nurse call systems, area of rescue systems, door monitoring, and more. Not sure what you need? Our representatives are happy to help you any time. 

We can help determine which components are necessary for your type of facility in order to meet ADA, NFPA 99, ANSI, UL 1069, and local regulations. Request your FREE nurse call system quote from Cornell online today.

Contact Cornell Communications for help with nurse call system regulations for independent living, assisted living, outpatient medical centers,  and nursing homes.