Infant Security System in Hospitals
An Infant Abduction Prevention System with RFID Technology
Fighting “Code Pink” Hospital Infant Abductions
“Code Pink!” Two words hospital staff dread. They mean an infant has gone missing, usually from the mother’s own hospital room.
Approximately 385,000 babies are born each day globally. That’s more than 140 million chances per year for human error to cause the wrong infant to be paired with the wrong mother. Nobody knows how often it happens, but it certainly does happen.
Hospitals of all sizes can benefit from a non-invasive, real-time location system (RTLS) that goes beyond tracking physical assets to alerting staff when a child exits a defined area without an approved adult.
The HID TotGuard™ infant security system pairs an RFID “Mother Tag” attached to appropriate parents and family with a baby’s ankle bracelet or umbilical tag. If there is no match, Code-Pink protocols can be immediately enacted.
The HL7 and LDAP-Compliant Infant Security System
TotGuad from GuardRFID, a part of HID, combines RTLS hardware and software to protect against infant abduction and mother-child mismatches from patient admission to hospital discharge. Here’s how it works:
- Infants and young pediatric patients are assigned an active RFID tag that is attached to umbilical clamps or a soft, wearable band that easily adjusts to newborns and fussy toddlers.
- Parents are assigned a wearable Mother Tag.
- Tagged patients without a tagged parent or guardian are instantly detected at exit doors, stairwells, elevators, etc. The system can be configured to enable alarms, alerts or even secure doors.
- The system can be used for patient information with HL7 and LDAP-compliant integrations.
The tamper-resistant infant tags are the smallest, lightest and least obtrusive in the industry. The tags are placed in a soft band designed to be worn on the tiniest of ankles or on the wrist for slightly older patients.
The HID RTLS Suite
Why GuardRFID® for Infant Security?
Focus on caring for your tiniest patients while our TotGuard® Infant & Pediatric Security Solution provides children and families with a safe and secure environment in your facility using RTLS.
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