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.
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 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.