Hospital Implements RFID to Reduce Pediatric Abductions

RF Technologies offers a new tool that is designed to reduce the chance that infants and children are abducted from the hospital, the SafePlace application. This system was recently deployed at WaukEsha Memorial Hospital, as described by HDM Breaking News.

The tool includes an RFID transmitter that is placed around the child’s wrist or ankle. That transmitter sends signals that are placed around the hospital. This allows ongoing location monitoring.

The system also links together infants to the correct parents, ensuring that each child goes home with the correct parents. SafePlace requires verification of identification before a child can be discharged from the hospital.

If someone tampers with one of the transmitters, the doors at the hospital are immediately locked and an alarm sounds. These precautions are also activated if a child comes to close to a facility door.

The SafePlace application was originally intended to ensure infant protection in the nursery.

August 21, 2008 Related topics: Contract Awards, Quality, Safety, Errors

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