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  1. Accutech Security Introduces New Low-Cost Wander Management System With Individual Resident ID

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    ResidentGuard LS 2400 Provides Reliable Protection and Individual Resident ID Without a Software Interface

    Accutech Security announces the release of its new ResidentGuard LS 2400 wander management system to its line of perimeter-based, RFID-enabled products to ensure the safety and security of residents in hospital and senior living settings. With the introduction of the LS 2400 wander management system, Accutech Security offers resident ID and reporting options without the need for a software interface at half the cost of some competing systems.

    The Accutech LS 2400 touch-screen display

    The Accutech LS 2400 touch-screen display

    The LS2400 system is a low-cost wander system that provides resident ID, loiter and door-ajar monitoring, low tag battery and several more alerts without the need for a computer. It’s designed to be a fully functional dedicated system, or customized to integrate to your facilities’ specific needs. The LS system can provide resident ID and reporting capabilities at the door or nurses station with the optional touch-screen LCD display(s). It also uses a wider RF range that minimizes the need for an extra antenna for double door applications.

    Adding the LS2400 display to the LS2400 controller at the door or nurses station adds the following capabilities:

    • On-screen reporting (30 of the most recent reports)
    • Day/Night timer programming
    • Resident ID at the door
    • Frequency and tuning adjustments for the controller from the display
    • Custom facility logos to be uploaded as the default display
    • Configuration of multiple zones from a single display

    “We’re seeing a consolidation of alerting systems in the healthcare industry” said Chris Konicek, Marketing Director at Accutech Security. “Facilities aren’t interested in three different computers for three different systems. Our goal is to provide the most reliable, scalable, cost-effective solutions that integrate with as many existing systems as possible.”

    Software-based reporting capabilities will be available as an option later in 2015. However, direct software integrations with several nurse call systems have already been written. The LS 2400 can easily integrate with nurse call, electronic access control, closed-circuit television, fall detection and other existing security mechanisms within the facility. The low voltage system is designed to be installed by a certified Accutech dealer and can be serviced by maintenance personnel.

    Since 1985, Accutech Security has been developing specialty products to reliably monitor and alert egress to ensure the safety and security of patients in hospital and senior living settings. ResidentGuard wander management systems give Alzheimer’s, dementia and other “at-risk” residents the ability to move freely within their facilities while receiving the protection they—and their families—need. Using advanced radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, these perimeter-based security alert wandering management systems put staff at ease while enabling them to direct their energies toward other critical tasks.

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  2. Growing Demand for Wander Management in Assisted Living Facilities

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    As the baby boom generation becomes the assisted living boom generation, Accutech sees assisted living facilities increasingly interested in wander management systems to protect and accommodate residents who previously would have required a skilled nursing facility. Our Marketing Director Chris Konicek was recently quoted in an article for Long Term Living talking about this trend:

    “[ALFs] are now adding memory care units or allowing residents who have some memory issues to stay,” Konicek says. “Say a husband and a wife come in, and one of them develops early onset dementia. They don’t necessarily want to be separated, and the families don’t want to move them to a skilled level of care and go through the process of removing them from one another. That is leading to more [ALFs] addressing the elopement question when it arises, instead of just immediately sending the resident to a skilled nursing facility [SNF].”

    As assisted living facilities look to add resident protection systems, there is a strong need for adaptable turnkey solutions that easily integrate with existing systems (fall prevention, nurse call, CCTV, etc) at a cost that is not prohibitive.

    “Our [LS2400] is an ID product that is based on an open-source concept,” Konicek says. “We’re basically eliminating the need for our software, eliminating the need for a computer. We can send our wandering and alarm information out to an existing system—most typically to a facility’s nurse call station. It’s a low price point, and it requires a lot less infrastructure.”

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  3. Missing Endangered Person Alert – Infant Taken From Hospital

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    Last week in Helena, Montana, Michelle Yallup walked out of a hospital in Anaconda with her newborn baby. This moment is usually wrapped in joy and nervousness, but in this case, the state of Montana, concerned for the welfare of the child, issued a Missing Endangered Person Alert (MEPA) shortly after law enforcement contacted the state Department of Justice.

    Infant abduction from hospitals and birthing centers is a rare but serious threat. This case in Montana last week, while unusual in that it was the mother who was unauthorized to leave the facility with the newborn, still points to the importance of RFID bracelets worn by infants to keep them safe and secure. There are many reasons why hospitals and birthing centers choose to install or upgrade their security systems using Accutech RFID-enabled products: lower total cost of ownership, advanced features, lower rate of false alarms, full compliance, and the most comprehensive customer support program in the industry. In addition to easy integration with existing systems, Accutech and our network of local dealers are committed to making sure that your staff receives the necessary training and support to ensure that there are no weak links in your infant protection system.

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