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GuardRFID delivers a robust, multi-purpose, real-time location platform that offers superior flexibility, interoperability and performance.

GuardRFID and Ascom: A high-performance RTLS solution for Hospital environments.

GuardRFID RTLS technology joins Ascom to provide a more effective nurse call solution.

The integration of the GuardRFID RTLS solution with the Ascom Telligence nurse call system gives nurses the ability to automatically cancel patient calls and illuminate a dome light when a caregiver enters patient rooms. An appropriately qualified caregiver can also be quickly located in events where their expertise is required. Staff can use the push buttons in their GuardRFID tags to call for assistance. This generates an alert in the software application, revealing the location of the staff member(s) in need of help.

The Challenge

Many hospitals deploy a variety of solutions to assist their staff in caring for their patients. Often these systems have overlapping functionalities requiring the staff to learn and use multiple devices and workflows to carry out, what should be, simple tasks. One such scenario is when a hospital uses an RTLS solution that is separate from their nurse call solution.
A nurse call solution alone would have difficulty identifying which caregivers are closest to the patient in need if the nurses themselves are unable to respond immediately. An RTLS solution alone would not be able to respond to the same alarm messages as the nurse call application. A user would need to switch back and forth between the applications, reducing the care given to each patient.
 

The Ascom and GuardRFID RTLS Solution Architecture

To provide a fully integrated experience, each staff member wears a small active RFID tag in a wristband, on a lanyard around the neck or on a keychain pendant. These tags work in conjunction with GuardRFID infrastructure hardware and AllGuard® software to locate nursing staff within the building. When a patient call is generated within the Ascom system, it is sent to nursing staff via an overhead page or to their Ascom mobile device. Once the RTLS system indicates that a qualified staff member has entered  the room where the call was generated, the alarm call is automatically canceled and a dome light illuminates in the room to show that a staff member is handling the call. The solution logs events for reporting and response analysis. In emergency situations, caregivers can press their RFID tag button to call for help without needing to reach for a separate device.

Features and Benefits

•       Quickly inform caregivers of a patient call, allowing patients to receive attention in a timely manner.
•       Locate specific caregivers when needed so that specialized assistance can be delivered to patients in need.
•       Automatically cancel alarms when an appropriate caregiver has responded, lessening the alarm fatigue for staff.
•       Staff can call for assistance using the RFID tag’s push button.
•       Integrates Ascom and GuardRFID systems together, removing the need for staff to be trained on multiple solution interfaces.
•       Automatically illuminate dome lights to inform staff that patient is receiving care.
 

Solution Components

  •  RFID tag
     ST-3 – badge-shaped tag with 2 push buttons and accelerometer for fall detection
     PT-3 – push button tag
     AT-4 – basic tag for location services only.

  • Infrastructure hardware
    Tag reader installed at regular intervals to provide location data
    Tag exciter installed at key checkpoints or exits to provide location specific information.

  • AllGuard software
    AllGuard Server (required)
    AllGuard Client – available as a desktop application, web browser, or mobile app.

     
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Key benefits

Automate event handling and staff locating by combining two effective systems in one powerful solution.
Reduce Alarm Fatigue for nursing by efficiently routing patient requests for assistance to the relevant people and promptly cancelling the request when a staff member has responded.

The integration of GuardRFID RTLS solution with the Ascom Telligence nurse call system gives nurses the ability to automatically cancel patient calls and illuminate a dome light when a caregiver enters patient rooms. An appropriately qualified caregiver can also be quickly located in events where their expertise is required. The GuardRFID tags’ push button can be used by staff to call for assistance by generating an alert in the software application and revealing the location of the staff member needing help.

About GuardRFID

GuardRFID delivers a robust, multi-purpose, real-time location platform that offers superior flexibility, interoperability and performance. With installations around the world, we help organizations achieve the protection, compliance, and efficiencies they require when it comes to what matters most—their people and assets.

Solution available in the following markets

  • North America/South America
  • Europe

The supported geographical markets indicated are based on the information available at the time of publication. Please contact GuardRFID for specific availability in your country or reach out to your local Ascom contact for up-to-date information.

 

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