From the moment a patient enters your facility, their safety, comfort, and care are what matter most. But all too often patient safety means more time managing a system and less time focusing on your patients—and it shouldn’t. Patient safety should be simple. A good security solution should allow nurses and staff to provide the best care for their patients and impose little to no disruptions to a patient’s day-to-day care.
Your patients are your focus, and while safety is a priority you also want to make sure they have freedoms and comforts. It’s easy to take every day activities for granted, but for your patients these little things mean the most. Something that sounds simple, like taking a bath, isn’t as simple for a resident or patient who needs assistance and monitoring. With a sophisticated security band on their wrist while bathing, in therapy pools, or submerged in water in general can pose an issue. Condensation can be a real concern within the tag, and a wet or damaged tag can mean compromised security as well as unnecessary expenditures.
A recent lawsuit filed in a wrongful death suit against an assisted living facility in Duluth, Michigan highlights the importance of making sure the installation of a wander management system is complete and the configuration is correct. Seeking damages in excess of $50,000, this lawsuit is the result of a resident with dementia wandering out of the facility through an unlocked door that was not monitored. After an investigation, it was determined that “WanderGuard” system in place to prevent the resident from wandering was not connected to all of the unlocked doors in the facility. When the seventy-four year old woman’s body was found, the bracelet was still fastened around her ankle.
Carthage Area Hospital’s Maternity Ward has recently implemented a new Cuddles infant protection system provided and installed by Special Care Systems, as a way to bring added support and comfort to parents. The system combines patented tags and bracelets with advanced technology to prevent abductions, while ensuring the general safety and security of infants.
Accutech Security announces the release of a low cost, stand alone software utility for the ResidentGuard LS 2400 system, giving users the option to add resident pictures to individual displays. After attaching a picture to a tag number in the utility, it will appear with an alert at the nurses station or entry-point keypad when an alarm is triggered. In addition, the utility also enables users to adjust range and frequency settings on controllers as well as standardize and implement control door alarms and times. The software is scalable by the size of the system, making it an attractive and affordable option for facilities with LS systems of any size.
Last week in Cape Town, South Africa, the Magistrate's Court handed down an indictment for an infant abduction that took place in the Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997. The woman who is charged with kidnapping the two day old infant after convincing the young mother to take a nap while she watched her newborn daughter. The indictment states that she "entered the maternity ward of Groote Schuur Hospital, where Celeste Nurse was convalescing after the birth of her daughter. She befriended her and convinced her to hand her daughter to her so that she could sleep." Eighteen years later, the crime was solved when a younger daughter of the couple who experienced this tragedy entered the same high school as the abducted girl. Their striking resemblance led to truth of their origin.
Accutech Security is Releasing a Free Upgrade to Their Software Solution Across All Platforms Featuring Significant Improvements to the Graphic User Interface and Simplified Reporting.
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.
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.