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Children's of Alabama Expands RTLS Deployment for Asset Tracking

Having deployed Versus' RTLS at its Benjamin Russell Hospital, Children's of Alabama is installing it within its older building, and plans to use it to manage nurse emergency calls and monitor hand hygiene.
By Claire Swedberg
In the long term, Storey says, Children's of Alabama also hopes to provide RTLS tags to all patients and workers, in order to track the movements of people throughout the facility. This, the hospital notes, would make patient care more efficient, and enable the facility to identify bottlenecks or areas in need of improvement, based on the amount of time patients may await service, or that employees are delayed in performing specific tasks, based on their location data.

For Children's of Alabama, one advantage of installing the software and sensor infrastructure at the time that its new facility was built is the ease with which the hospital can now expand the system, simply by applying additional tags to assets, or by providing tags to patients and staff members. If greater coverage becomes necessary, Storey notes, the hospital can simply install additional sensors.

Eventually, the hospital indicates, the asset-tracking system will be installed within the six in-patient facilities comprising the Children of Alabama's main campus. However, the exact dates for deployment have yet to be determined.

The hospital also hopes to use the technology to monitor when personnel wash or sanitize their hands while working. This week, Georgia-Pacific Professional teamed up with Versus to provide a hand-hygiene solution known as SafeHaven, consisting of Georgia-Pacific Professional skin-care products used in dispensers utilizing Versus RTLS readers to enable customers to track the hand-washing behavior of individuals wearing the RTLS badges.

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