Cuddles Infant Protection System by Accutech

Posted by Accutech on June 7, 2013 3:36 pm

Nurses who specialize in caring for new mothers and infants share in tremendous joy, wonder and gratitude as well as anxiety and grief as a regular part of their workday. They are engaged and committed to providing extraordinary patient care both in terms of clinical outcomes and human compassion. Neonatal nursing staff meet the rigors and responsibilities of patient care in a modern hospital setting while offering guidance, perspective and comfort to new families. It is a difficult job that requires empathy, vigilance and confidence and tends to attract dedicated caregivers. Any technology used to assist them in elevating patient care must minimize interference or distraction in this unique environment.

A nurse using the Cuddles infant protection system by Accutech

Hospital maternity wards and birthing centers must protect against infant abduction with security measures that identify and monitor their newborn patients. Cuddles, from Accutech Security, is an (RFID) electronic security system designed specifically to maintain the safety of infants in obstetric and pediatric departments. A small, tamper-proof infant protection tag is placed on the infant immediately after birth attached to our Soft Bracelet - a self-adjusting band, unique to Cuddles, made with an ultra-soft polyester blend that doesn’t cut or chafe the skin, and won’t fall off due to movement or changes in weight. If a situation develops with an unauthorized transfer of the baby toward an exit door, sensors will immediately warn hospital staff and automatically lock the door.

Infant protection is one of the critical systems facilities use for communication and security. Too often, these systems function independently lacking integration features, interface standards, and common alert protocols. Cuddles integrates easily with other security and access control systems your facility may already have in place--protecting investments you have already made and minimizing added training, stress, and distraction. With over 28 years of experience serving the healthcare industry, Accutech develops and builds advanced electronic monitoring and perimeter based security systems delivering a unified interface, customizable alert notification, and easy integration with existing CCTV, nurse call, etc.

Due to electromagnetic interference and lack of design sophistication, many leading manufacturers’ RFID security systems are prone to false alarms. False alarms on maternity floors are upsetting to new parents and disrupt the serene setting being fostered by attentive caregivers. Maintaining a safe environment can be a challenge when repeated false alarms cause fatigue and indifference, reducing the urgency of clearing every one. Infant protection systems must be sophisticated enough to overcome these challenges and remain a trusted and effective security tool. False alarms are frequently caused by radio frequency interference caused by nearby electronics and increasingly, cell phones. The embedded ID code on the Accutech Security RFID chip in addition to the unusual frequency it is transmitted on combine to make Cuddles the most reliable infant protection system available with few to no false alarms. Cuddles infant protection system aids the general safety and security of infants entrusted to your facility while minimizing unnecessary distractions. Easy-to-use hardware and software work seamlessly, enabling nurses to spend less time managing a “system” and more time focusing on what matters most—caring for the babies in their care.

There are many reasons why hospitals and birthing centers choose to install or upgrade their infant security systems using Accutech RFID-enabled products: lower total cost of ownership, advanced features, lower rate of false alarms, full compliance, the most comprehensive customer support program in the industry (including free 24-hour technical support and a full one-year warranty), and a dealer network that ensures local service, fast response times and competitive pricing. The Accutech advantage can help to ensure that your staff spends more time caring for patients and less time managing systems.

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