Response Care and Accutech Security Partnership Provides a Software Solution for LS 2400 or Turn-Key Nurse Call/Wander Management Solution on a Single Head-End.
April 13, 2015. Franklin, WI - Accutech Security is pleased to announce that Response Care has developed an integration with the LS2400 wandering system. This enables reporting directly on Response Care software, alerts to be sent to Response Care mobile devices and pictures of residents to be included on those devices. If no nurse call system is in place, the R-care portal can act as the software for the LS2400 system. Response Care is a leading provider of wireless nurse call and personal emergency systems for the entire spectrum of elder care and senior living. They are known for integrating into a variety of healthcare communication systems to create efficient and verifiable responses to medical emergencies.
The LS 2400 from Accutech Security is a low-cost wander system that provides resident ID, loiter and door-ajar monitoring, low tag battery as well as several other alerts without the need for a computer. The LS system can provide resident ID and reporting capabilities at the door or nurses station with the optional touch-screen LCD display(s). With the introduction of Response Care integration, it is possible for communities to experience these capabilities directly from a browser based software, or on their nurse call mobile devices. Smooth integration of multiple alerting and security systems contributes to ease of operation, scalability, reduced maintenance and lower equipment and installation costs.
“We’re seeing a consolidation of alerting systems in the healthcare industry” said Chris Konicek, Marketing Director at Accutech Security. “Communities 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. We’re also excited that our LS 2400 system has a software/reporting option with the use of the R-care portal.”
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. Response Care’s nurse call integration helps caregivers provide quality care, safety and security for their residents by providing state-of-the-art, reliable communication and security technology with one system.
Last month a father exited the maternity a Medical Center with his 2-day old infant wrapped in blankets inside a duffel bag to avoid a visit by child welfare workers. An investigative report by 3TV Phoenix including security camera footage shows hospital staff twice clearing alarms triggered by the security bracelet worn by the infant while the father tried to exit a locked emergency door. After triggering a 3rd alarm, he was able to exit the maternity ward and make his way to the main lobby.
The Medical Center's website tells expectant mothers to “Rest assured, a stay will not only be comfortable, but secure as well, since we have a state-of-the-art security system to protect new parents and babies while they are here.” In this case, the physical assets of the security system functioned as designed, but an incorrect response to the alarms led to a significant breach in security. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recommends that facilities conduct drills annually to make sure staff understands what to do if there is an incident and how to respond to the security measures that are in place. Surprise drills and simulated infant abductions demonstrate the ability of staff and security procedures to prevent an abductor from exiting a facility. Making sure that everyone is properly trained and understands how the infant protection system works is critical. According to the Joint Commission, improper use of infant security systems is a key factor in facilities failing an audit.
Alarm fatigue is a growing and very real problem in hospital environments. Even a casual observer can’t help but notice how many beeping machines are part of the modern medical facility. In addition to monitoring patients’ vital signs and medication schedule, facility-wide alarm systems protect against things like fire, theft, HVAC malfunction and infant abduction. A recent Joint Commission alert to hospitals calling attention to the problem of noise fatigue warned that “desensitized” hospital workers sometimes ignore these warnings. In this case, the immediate response to the infant abduction alarm was to shut it off - while conversing with a nervous looking man with a duffle bag trying to use an emergency exit. It is hard to imagine that alarm fatigue did not play a role in this inappropriate response.
At Accutech, we are keenly aware of the role our RFID security, access control and two-way communication products play in hospital and nursing care environments and take comprehensive measures to ensure that our products do not inadvertently add to this growing problem. Our RFID security systems employ technology and design that minimizes the risk of interference from electronic devices and has a proven record of alarm integrity - boasting the lowest rate of false alarms in the industry. The technology in modern maternity wards places tremendous demands on the staff entrusted with their newborn patients’ care. All Accutech products are designed and built with this in mind and aim to assist in elevating that care by minimizing unnecessary interference and distraction and offering features that allow our systems to be easily customized for each environment.
Cuddles infant protection systems are among of the most interference free on the market, using technology that minimizes interference from other devices and reduces false alarms. There are many reasons why facilities choose to install and depend on Accutech products: lower total cost of ownership, advanced features, lower rate of false alarms, full compliance, the most comprehensive customer support program in the industry (including free 24-hour technical support and a full one-year warranty), and a dealer network that ensures local service. The Accutech advantage can help to ensure that your staff spends more time caring for patients and less time managing systems.
6 in every 10 people with dementia will wander
Wandering is a bigger issue now than ever before and the average out of court settlement for a lawsuit is over four hundred thousand dollars. And families who entrust their loved ones to your care are asking “How are they protected if they try to leave?” How is your facility keeping residents safe under your watch? ResidentGuard by Accutech is the answer…for you and them.
Since 1985, Accutech Security has equipped thousands of long-term care facilities and hospitals across the U.S. and Canada with our ResidentGuard systems. ResidentGuard gives Alzheimer’s, dementia and other “at-risk” residents the ability to move about freely in their surroundings, while receiving the protection they—and their loved ones—need. Using advanced RFID technology, ResidentGuard has been protecting residents with perimeter-based sensors that put staff at ease while enabling them to direct their energies toward other critical tasks.
The LS 2400 is the preferred wandering protection system of ResidentGuard. It can provide Resident ID, loiter, door ajar monitoring, low tag battery and reporting capabilities (with the optional touchscreen LCD displays), at the door or nurse’s station.
ResidentGuard is designed to be a fully functional dedicated system, OR customized to your facility’s specific needs. The systems easily integrate with nurse call, radios, pagers, iOS or Android devices. You are also able to turn the tags on and off conserving battery strength, as well as see visual indicators that it is active on the easy-to-clean, water-resistant tags and wristbands worn by your residents. ResidentGuard wander management systems are shielded from RF interference (while being on the edge of a frequency band available only to the Department of Defense).
When you choose a ResidentGuard system from Accutech, it is backed by 24/7/365 tech support for the life of your system, protecting your investment the most comprehensive customer support program in the industry!
If you want the most affordable, highest quality wander management system available to protect your residents, their families and your facility, we can help. To learn more about the LS 2400 or any of our other wander management solutions go to www.accutechseurity.com or call toll free at 800-356-2671.