New product to improve staff safety with wireless, real-time locating technology
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Help Alert is a safety solution that gives doctors, nurses and other staff members the confidence to move about a facility knowing they can quickly, easily and discreetly summon help with the press of a button. A pendant with a silent call button is either worn around the neck or clipped to a belt. With Real Time Locating System (RTLS) technology, Help Alert provides notification with the exact location where assistance is needed and therefore reduces response time. The Help Alert software uses a graphical interface to immediately display alert notifications and to visually and accurately identify the alert locations on both facility and specific floor plan maps. The device's software displays on computer monitors with a facility floor plan for accurate location notification. Signals are also sent to handheld devices carried by security personnel. Protocol for reaching the person in duress is developed by each facility; generally, security personnel are the first to respond.
"Help Alert is based on our PinPoint(R) RTLS solution, which is one of the most sophisticated RTLS platforms available on the market and the first in the industry to deliver Peer-to-Peer, tag communication technology," said
RF Technologies developed Help Alert to meet the needs of customers in the hospital-setting, some of which are seeing a growing occurrence of staff assaults in their emergency departments. The possibility of violence exists in healthcare settings for a variety of reasons, including patients feeling frustration and disorientation. While Help Alert was initially developed with hospitals in mind, the solution is also effective for long-term care facilities. Help Alert will serve as a baseline for future personal safety solutions across multiple environments.
"We are delighted to be able to offer our Help Alert emergency call solution to hospitals in order to enable the safety and security of their most valuable assets - their staff and employees. This solution will be implemented in areas, departments and enterprise- wide with a customized application to meet the specific needs of our customers," said
A wireless, battery-based system, Help Alert is easily deployed and quickly installed in facilities that have an existing Wi-Fi infrastructure. Plus, it can be used with any vendor's Wi-Fi infrastructure. The patent-pending reference tags are attached to a wall or ceiling without power or data cabling requirements. Help Alert can be customized, therefore allowing facilities to provide staff call capabilities within defined areas or entire buildings. A graphical dashboard provides for real-time and historical analysis, allowing for automated reporting capabilities.
A distinctive component to Help Alert is the handheld, real-time locating device, a personal data assistant (PDA). This PDA allows mobile access functions, including giving security personnel visual and audible notifications and the ability to disable an alarm at the point of incident. The device also provides communication with the reference tags and pendants for deployment, configuration and general management of the system. This mobile component is based on RF Technologies' PinPoint Mobile Asset-Tracking software.
About RF Technologies
RF Technologies is a leading provider of comprehensive, integrated RFID Safety and Security systems, Wi-Fi RTLS systems, and healthcare enterprise solutions. With an installed base of more than 10,000 systems worldwide, RF Technologies specializes in state-of-the-art healthcare solutions for senior care facilities and hospitals, including Code Alert(R) Wandering Management, Wireless Call and Fall Management Solutions, Safe Place(R) ED and Infant Security Solutions, and PinPoint(R) RTLS Location-Aware Solutions. The company is credited with inventing the first RFID infant security system, which was designed and developed by nurse clinicians. It was the first in the industry to invent Peer-to-Peer Wi-Fi RTLS, and to offer Remote Monitoring, RF Consulting and 24X7 technical support by RF Technologies' staff specialists and a nationwide service management team. www.rft.com
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