RF Technologies(R) Installs Safe Place(R) Solution for Pediatric and Infant Security at ProHealth Care's Waukesha Memorial Hospital

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 General News
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BROOKFIELD, Wis., Aug. 19 RF Technologies(R), a leadingprovider of radio frequency identification monitoring systems and healthcaremonitoring solutions, announces it has installed its Safe Place(R) Pediatricand Infant Security Solution at ProHealth Care's Waukesha Memorial Hospital tohelp protect infants and children from abduction. The tertiary carehospital's staff delivers around 2,300 babies per year.

"ProHealth Care ranks among the most technologically and clinicallyadvanced healthcare systems in the U.S. We are excited that they havepartnered with us to monitor their young patients," said Warner (Chuck) PyneIII, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Hospital Solutions, at RFTechnologies.

"The safety and well-being of all of our patients is top priority atProHealth Care. With that in mind, we decided to upgrade to a more robustsystem. We conducted a thorough analysis of infant and pediatric securityvendors. RF Technologies and its Safe Place solution really impressed us,"said Roberta Sonnentag, Clinical Manager LDRP and GYN Services at ProHealthCare's Waukesha Memorial Hospital. "Not only were we amazed by the technologybut also with the knowledge and skill of its staff."

Protection that offers peace of mind

The Safe Place system was installed in the maternity and pediatric unitsof Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

"We felt incorporating both infant and pediatric units were important.Infants as well as children under five years of age or those older withextenuating circumstances are fitted with a transmitter," stated Timothy Wiza,Director of Security and Safety for ProHealth Care.

A lightweight transmitter is placed around a child's ankle or wrist. Thisallows the staff to monitor the child's whereabouts within the protected area.The transmitter sends a signal to receivers placed throughout the hospital.If the band is tampered with or if the infant or child is too close to adoorway, an alarm will sound. Hospital doors also immediately lock down.

Safe Place also allows the hospital's staff to generate a variety ofcustomized reports to help reduce alarms and to be ready for Joint Commissionreviews at the touch of a button.

Ongoing training

Staff education and training were conducted over a one-week period withfollow-up training 90 days later. Practice abduction drills also took place.As time goes on, the hospital will have additional practice abduction drillsso its staff maintains its familiarity with the system.

"It's a comprehensive security system that provides peace of mind," statedSonnentag. "During install and since installation, RF Technologies has reallymaintained that very high level of customer service. To me, the measure ofreal success is how a company handles the training of the weekend and offshifts. Its staff truly became part of our staff during training, it couldn'thave gone more smoothly," stated Sonnentag.

Teams up to offer ACLS OB course

In order to assist its nurses as well as others in the area, ProHealthCare has partnered with RF Technologies to provide an Advanced CardiovascularLife Support (ACLS) certification course, which has been developed with OBnurses in mind. The course was held August 12-14 at Waukesha MemorialHospital.

Through the two-day course, a nurse is certified and receives an AHA ACLSProvider card. An optional third day offers attendees an opportunity toreceive ACLS Instructor certification. RF Technologies has partnered with theclinical instruction team from St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center of Boise,Idaho, to provide the actual training.

For additional information on this course, contact Kathie Vick, MarketingCommunications Manager, RF Technologies, 800-669-9946 Ext. 5179.

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