Hospitals Use RFID to Keep Babies Safe

By October 22, 2009

Most of the time when you read about RFID, it’s about business applications like payments or another step in building the internet of things. But Guard RFID Solutions is using RFID for something more valuable than spending your money or communicating with your possessions: protecting you loved ones in hospital settings. More specifically, babies and elderly patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia, what are called “wandering risk patients.” Guard RIFD’s SafeGuard monitors senior patients’ whereabouts, using RFID chips and existing wifi or Ethernet networks. Sensors indicate to hospital staff when a patient is wandering towards an area that could be dangerous for them. TotGuard is a similar solution, but for infant and pediatric security.

“These applications allow staff members to view, on any computer monitor, a full floor plan of the facility that pinpoints in near real-time where each patient is located in the facility.” Said Zahir Abji, president and CEO of Guard RFID Solutions.

“Patient location is determined via beacons emitted every 10 seconds from each patient’s RFID wristband. The facility’s computerized floor plan also identifies where the building’s egress points are. Most of these solutions also provide the same door alarm and automatic locking functions features that basic door security packages do, but add real-time patient visibility and tracking to the equation,” Abji said.

Guard RFID Solutions announced this week that it has been chosen by the Middle Tennessee Medical Center (MTMC) in Murfreesboro, TN, to be the hospital’s baby-protection system.

“MTMC has been committed to equip our new facility with state-of-the-art technologies, and we set about to find an infant and pediatric security solution that would live up to this commitment,” said MTMC project director Jennifer Garland.

“We worked closely with several departments including maternal-infant services and security, and we are confident we’ve selected a safe, highly advanced system,” Garland said.

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