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TeleTracking's RadarFind Responds to Hospital Engineering Challenges

Thu, 09/09/2010 - 7:31am
MORRISVILLE, N.C., /PRNewswire/ -- RadarFind, a subsidiary of TeleTracking Technologies, has developed a tamper-resistant version of its real time locating system's (RTLS) plug-in readers to further address hospital patient safety needs.

Developed at the request of hospital clients, the tamper-resistant reader features a shutter system that prevents patients from inserting paper clips, pins and similar objects into the slots containing the energized contacts.

The product enhancement fully complies with National Electrical Code (NEC) safety standards applicable to tamper-resistant receptacles and patient care areas; many states commonly adopt NEC standards as law. When the RadarFind system is fully deployed throughout a hospital facility, these devices are typically used in high-risk areas where there may be limited supervision such as pediatric units, alcoholism and substance abuse units, psychiatric units, exam rooms and waiting areas.

RadarFind's enhanced plug-in readers are part of a distributed sensor-network based system where intelligent RTLS tags continuously communicate with readers placed throughout a hospital facility to report location, status, contextual awareness and environmental conditions regarding medical devices and people. Their pass-through design accommodates most electrical outlets, yet preserves electrical sockets for use by other medical equipment.

"RadarFind was originally designed based on the results of qualitative research conducted with nearly 60 hospitals. Our healthcare-focused RTLS extends beyond specialized location and status tags, telemetry device tags and temperature-monitoring tags to now include a tamper-resistant plug-in reader," said Steve Jackson, chief technology officer for RadarFind. "We will continue to apply our engineering expertise and support our hospital partners by providing real-time locating solutions that meet their challenging needs."

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