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By Beth Bacheldor

Nursing Home in Turkey Installs Elpas RTLS from Tyco Security Products

Elpas, part of Tyco Security Products, has announced that the Or Yom Nursing Home, in Istanbul, Turkey, is now using Elpas' real-time location system (RTLS) to monitor the facility's 130 residents and 20 staff members. Elpas worked with Turkish systems integrator and distributor Sigmamed on the project.

The nursing home, which opened in 2004, consists of a new building and an older building with thick walls and challenging room configurations. According to Elpas, residents were issued Elpas health-care positioning tags that serve as an active RFID transmitter. The tags work in conjunction with readers installed throughout the two buildings. Residents' tags are monitored via computers at three nurses stations within the nursing home.

According to Elpas, the system allows the nursing staff to monitor distress calls from residents and determine their locations; receive calls on mobile phones, or via Elpas' Eiris Go mobile application if they are away from the nurse's station; and cancel alarms once a staff member has responded to a resident's call. The Elpas RTLS also provides employees with the ability to send their own distress call or request additional help through the activation of a Code Blue button on a badge. Data from the system is recorded as well, the company adds, so the nursing home can measure response times and track which worker responded to a specific event.

Different implementation approaches were employed, depending on whether the system was to be used in the older or the newer building. Within the older building, which has walls that are more than 2 feet 7 inches thick, Sigmamed installed infrared (IR) readers in each resident's room, according to Elpas. This part of the facility offers a shared bathroom on each floor, so a single low-frequency (LF) reader was positioned at every bathroom's entrance. The older building also houses a main dining hall, so a single RF reader was positioned in the center of the hall, enabling it to cover all of the elderly residents gathered there.

Sigmamed was able to use LF readers in the new building with more modern construction. It installed LF readers in individual resident rooms, near each entrance. In this way, if a resident issued a call for assistance, the staff could easily determine the room from which that call originated and respond, whether the person was in the en suite bathroom or in the general living space. Within the facility's Alzheimer's unit, readers were positioned so if a resident attempts to wander beyond the confines of the floor, an alarm is sounded.

Accutech Debuts Tag Test Station for Wander-Prevention and Infant-Protection Systems

Accutech Security has announced its Tag Test Station, a new product designed to help customers monitor the battery lives and warranty dates on Accutech Security's RFID-enabled tags. The station can be used with the company's anyCuddles infant-protection, Kidz or ResidentGuard wander-management system. The Tag Test Station also allows users to see the tag program number and battery percentage, and has a field for tag notes.

The Tag Test Station is a small receptacle that is wall-mountable or can sit on a desk, the company reports. It connects to any PC or laptop computer via a USB cable. The Tag Test Station will integrate directly with version 7.0 of Accutech's enterprise software solution, which is free to existing users. This integration provides additional features, including automatic initiation of the admission or discharge process when a tag is placed on the unit. All of Accutech's tags operate at 418 MHz and can be turned off when not in use, thereby saving battery life. An LED light indicates that a tag is activated.

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