Hospital San Lucas Guayama Deploys Next Generation of Innovative Hugs® Infant Protection Solution
Hospital-Wide Solution Sets a New Standard for Patient Security in Puerto Rico
WALTHAM, Mass., and GUAYAMA, Puerto Rico, November 13, 2014 — STANLEY Healthcare, a market leading provider of visibility solutions and analytics to advance the quality of care for the healthcare industry, announced today that Hospital San Lucas Guayama has deployed its Hugs Wi-Fi Infant Protection solution to provide state-of-the-art security to protect newborn infants from the risk of abduction.
Hospital San Lucas Guayama has long been a leader in patient security. As an early adopter, it became one of the first hospitals in Puerto Rico to recognize the need for a technology-based, infant protection solution – as opposed to manual safeguards, which were the commonly accepted standard at the time. After careful review by an internal team of technical and clinical experts, the hospital chose and deployed the previous generation of STANLEY Healthcare's infant protection solution, setting a trend that has led to electronic infant protection becoming standard for all hospitals in Puerto Rico.
In keeping with its emphasis on healthcare innovation, Hospital San Lucas Guayama has now rolled out the newest generation of the Hugs Infant Protection solution. This solution leverages STANLEY Healthcare's advanced AeroScout® Wi-Fi Real Time Location System (RTLS) platform to extend protection to infants hospital-wide. Because it leverages the hospital's Wi-Fi network, the Hugs Wi-Fi solution enables the real-time monitoring of infants throughout multiple buildings and sites, all with a single enterprise deployment. This new capability is particularly important given 16% of hospital infant abductions occur outside of the obstetrics and pediatric units, according to the US-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The Hugs Wi-Fi solution retains many of the proven features that have made Hugs the most widely deployed infant protection solution in the world. The small Hugs tag has an identical form factor as the original and is attached to the ankle of a newborn using the same tamper-detecting band. In the event the Hugs tag is removed from the infant without authorization, or the infant is removed from a designated area, the system generates an automatic alert for caregivers and security staff and locks down the designated area. In addition, the software user interface uses the same terms and procedures as the previous generation of Hugs. These factors greatly simplify migration to the Hugs Wi-Fi solution for existing customers.
"STANLEY Healthcare has been a tremendous partner in helping us become a leader in infant protection in Puerto Rico. Likewise, we appreciate the excellent feedback we're received from caregivers and patients about the first generation of Hugs we deployed several years ago. Now, we're excited to build on our long-standing relationship by adopting its innovative Hugs Wi-Fi solution, which we believe to be best-in-class", said María Torres, Interim Executive Director of Hospital San Lucas Guayama.
"Since its launch in 1998, the Hugs solution has been selected by over 1,400 hospitals worldwide, making it one of the most widely-used electronic infant security solutions available in the marketplace today" said Ricardo C. Berrios, Vice President of Emerging Markets and Europe at STANLEY Healthcare. "We're pleased to expand our relationship with Hospital San Lucas Guayama as they roll-out our popular Hugs Wi-Fi solution and continue to transform infant security in Puerto Rico."
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