LC 1200 and LS 2400 Wander Management Systems From Accutech Are Certified To Be Sold Within The European Economic Area And Meet The Growing Need For Elopement Security In The European Market.
June 3, 2016. Franklin, WI - Accutech Security announces that the LC 1200 and LS 2400 ResidentGuard wander management systems will carry the Conformité Européenne or CE marking compliance with the relevant EU legislation applicable to radio frequency products. By meeting the legal requirements to achieve CE marking, Accutech is now able to sell the LC 1200 and LS 2400 systems throughout the European Economic Area.
In partnership with Sound and Vision Communications, an authorized dealer in the Republic of Ireland, and Cekura, in Denmark, Accutech Security is immediately poised to meet the rapidly growing need throughout Europe for residential facilities that can care for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Now that the LC 1200 and LS 2400 systems meet the requirements of the applicable EC directives, Accutech is focused on building a robust partner network throughout the European Union in anticipation of significant demand. A recent study on aging in Europe and North America from the European Center for Social Welfare Policy and Research states that 174 million people are aged 65 years or older - about 40 million people more than 20 years ago. This is expected to increase further by about 93 million people within the next 20 years. A drastic rise in cases of Alzheimer’s and dementia is anticipated with this increased population.
“Just as we are seeing in the United States, there's an increasing demand for supportive environments that meet the specific needs of this population while allowing people to live safely and comfortably among loving partners and family. It is critical that care homes meet these challenges with security measures that address the risks inherent to this population but respect the choice, dignity and independence of all the residents in their care.” Said Chris Konicek, Sales and Marketing Director of Accutech.
Accutech Security is keenly aware of the impact this rapidly expanding need for assisted care is having on the healthcare industry, globally. Accutech is a leading manufacturer of perimeter-based, RFID-enabled products to ensure the safety and security of residents in hospital and senior living settings. Accutech’s ResidentGuard wander management systems give Alzheimer’s, dementia and other “at-risk” residents the ability to move freely about their facilities while receiving the protection they—and their loved ones—need. Using advanced RFID technology, these perimeter-based security alert wander management systems put caregivers at ease while enabling them to direct their energies toward other important tasks.
In a recent customer survey, over 90% of respondents said they would recommend Accutech products to a peer and over 90% said the same about technical support. Accutech Security's specialized, RFID-enabled solutions have been installed in more than 5,000 locations worldwide. As a leading manufacturer of security systems for over 30 years, Accutech has extensive experience working with businesses of all sizes to provide reliable, cost-effective solutions for the safety and security of people and property within a facility. All Accutech systems are assembled in the U.S., and installed and serviced by a vast network of authorized dealers, creating the most comprehensive customer service program in the industry. This network will now extend to the European Economic Area.
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.
RFID-enabled security systems are a very effective solution for preventing egress at a residential facility with a population at risk due to Alzheimer’s and dementia. This technology enables a bracelet worn by an at-risk resident to trigger a system event if that person passes through a monitored exit without hindering the movement of the entire population. System events can include a localized alarm, an alarm at the nurses station, a text/page to be sent, and/or automatic door-locking. But as with all technological solutions, the system must be set up and maintained properly in order for it to function. With 24 hour technical support, free upgrades, well-built reliable hardware, the availability of local installation and service technicians and long-life tags that turn off when not in use, ResidentGuard from Accutech Security delivers wander management solutions at a lower total cost of ownership and greater customer satisfaction than any competing product. All Accutech systems are assembled in the United States, installed and serviced by a vast network of local authorized dealers - Quality and service you can depend on.
Accutech is the most trusted name in RFID security - a leading manufacturer of advanced electronic monitoring and security systems since 1985 with RFID-enabled solutions installed in more than 5,000 locations worldwide. In satisfaction surveys, customers consistently say they would (and do) recommend Accutech products to a peer.
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.
“The system is easy-to-use and the hardware and software work seamlessly, enabling nurses to spend less time managing a “system” and more time focusing on what matters most—caring for their little patients,” said Brian Gray, Senior Sales Engineer of Special Care Systems.
The Cuddles infant protection system manufactured by Accutech uses Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, to monitor infant activity on the maternity ward. Infants are fitted with a small, comfortable skin sensing bracelet around the ankle or wrist that sends a signal to multiple locations on the unit if the child is removed from the area, spends too much time near a secure door, or if the band is removed or cut. The signal sounds an alarm and the ward will immediately respond with a lockdown until the infant is located. Only nursing personnel can remove or deactivate the bracelets.
“It adds another measure of comfort and confidence for parents. We’ve also added an extra layer of security that provides mom and baby matching capabilities. Each tag is uniquely identifiable to match mom and baby. We wanted to improve the old system with state of the art technology,” said Susan Kennedy, OB Nurse Manager.