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RF Technologies(R) Installs Safe Place(R) Solution for Pediatric and Infant Security at ProHealth Care's Waukesha Memorial Hospital
Date:8/19/2008

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BROOKFIELD, Wis., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- RF Technologies(R), a leading provider of radio frequency identification monitoring systems and healthcare monitoring solutions, announces it has installed its Safe Place(R) Pediatric and Infant Security Solution at ProHealth Care's Waukesha Memorial Hospital to help protect infants and children from abduction. The tertiary care hospital's staff delivers around 2,300 babies per year.

"ProHealth Care ranks among the most technologically and clinically advanced healthcare systems in the U.S. We are excited that they have partnered with us to monitor their young patients," said Warner (Chuck) Pyne III, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Hospital Solutions, at RF Technologies.

"The safety and well-being of all of our patients is top priority at ProHealth Care. With that in mind, we decided to upgrade to a more robust system. We conducted a thorough analysis of infant and pediatric security vendors. RF Technologies and its Safe Place solution really impressed us," said Roberta Sonnentag, Clinical Manager LDRP and GYN Services at ProHealth Care's Waukesha Memorial Hospital. "Not only were we amazed by the technology but also with the knowledge and skill of its staff."

Protection that offers peace of mind

The Safe Place system was installed in the maternity and pediatric units of Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

"We felt incorporating both infant and pediatric units were important. Infants as well as children under five years of age or those older with extenuating circumstances are fitted with a transmitter," stated Timothy Wiza, Director of Security and Safety for ProHealth Care.

A lightweight transmitter is placed around a child's ankle or wrist. This allows the staff to monitor the child's whereabouts within the protected area. The transmitter sends a signal to receivers placed throughout the hospital. If the band is tampered with or if the infant or child is too close to a doorway, an alarm will sound. Hospital doors also immediately lock down.

Safe Place also allows the hospital's staff to generate a variety of customized reports to help reduce alarms and to be ready for Joint Commission reviews at the touch of a button.

Ongoing training

Staff education and training were conducted over a one-week period with follow-up training 90 days later. Practice abduction drills also took place. As time goes on, the hospital will have additional practice abduction drills so its staff maintains its familiarity with the system.

"It's a comprehensive security system that provides peace of mind," stated Sonnentag. "During install and since installation, RF Technologies has really maintained that very high level of customer service. To me, the measure of real success is how a company handles the training of the weekend and off shifts. Its staff truly became part of our staff during training, it couldn't have gone more smoothly," stated Sonnentag.

Teams up to offer ACLS OB course

In order to assist its nurses as well as others in the area, ProHealth Care has partnered with RF Technologies to provide an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification course, which has been developed with OB nurses in mind. The course was held August 12-14 at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

Through the two-day course, a nurse is certified and receives an AHA ACLS Provider card. An optional third day offers attendees an opportunity to receive ACLS Instructor certification. RF Technologies has partnered with the clinical instruction team from St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center of Boise, Idaho, to provide the actual training.

For additional information on this course, contact Kathie Vick, Marketing Communications Manager, RF Technologies, 800-669-9946 Ext. 5179.

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. http://www.rft.com

About ProHealth Care

ProHealth Care is a regional critical and primary care provider with nationally recognized programs and physicians, and ranks among the most technologically and clinically advanced community health care systems in the country. Its integrated health network includes Waukesha Memorial, a tertiary care hospital and Oconomowoc Memorial, an acute care hospital; 21 ProHealth Care Medical Centers and Medical Associates locations; home health care and hospice services; assisted and independent living communities and West Wood Health and Fitness Center. Visit http://www.prohealthcare.org for more information.


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