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LRGH Family Birthplace Enhances Infant Protection Technology

9/28/2015

LACONIA, NH -  LRGHealthcare announced today the implementation of the Hugs® Wi-Fi Infant Protection Solution in the Lakes Region General Hospital (LRGH) Family Birthplace.  LRGH is the first hospital in the state of NH to have the Hugs and Kisses system on Wi-Fi.
 
The solution known as Hugs and Kisses is a state-of-the-art infant protection system that not only protects the infant while in the Family Birthplace, but has the technology to track the baby throughout the hospital including the parking lots. This greatly aids the ability to locate a baby should they be taken out of the Family Birthplace by “live time” tracking the baby’s travel route.
 
The Kisses portion ensures that baby and mother are always correctly matched.  Each mother is given a Kisses tag, which is bonded with her infant’s Hugs tag, and whenever the two are brought together, the technology checks for a proper match.  If they’re a correct match, it will emit a pleasant tone and if not, an unpleasant one.
 
Last December our community embraced the Hugs and Kisses security program by donating over $17,000 to help fund this program in addition to the very generous grant from the NH1 Children’s Auction of $22,500.
 
The Family Birthplace is a small community unit that provides exemplary care to moms, babies, and families following the National Best Standards of Care.  There are eight suites which are arranged to allow for a mother to labor, deliver, and recover in one room without separating the baby from family. The Family Birthplace also supports mothers through triage care; meeting their needs before their due date and on through supportive nursery care for their infant. Family Birthplace expects to deliver 325 babies this year.
 
Lauren Murphy RN, MSN, Coordinator of Family Birthplace comments, “LRGHealthcare strives to achieve organizational excellence and superior care in patient safety, security, and protection of our infants.  Hugs and Kisses is just one of many initiatives we have recently implemented and our staff continues to seek innovative solutions, educational opportunities, and technology to advance the care and experience we provide our families, moms, and babies.”
 
Hugs Wi-Fi offers multiple benefits:
 

  • Hospital-wide infant security – Exits are monitored and infants are tracked anywhere within the hospital’s Wi-Fi signal.
  • Out of unit alarm – If an infant is detected outside the Family Birthplace with no record of a staff member transporting him/her, an alarm will sound.
  • Stand-alone exit protection – Exits are protected even in the event that communication to the server is disrupted.
  • Anywhere information – System can be monitored on any Windows device with network access.  Alerts will be pushed to staff via mobile digital devices.

 
William Losefsky, CHPA, Chief of Security Services comments “LRGHealthcare Security is constantly looking to utilize cutting edge technology in its protective services role. The HUGS and KISSES WIFI project is an excellent example as traditional infant protection systems limit the protection of the baby to within the family birthing center only. This is a multi-layered comprehensive security strategy utilizing best practices and mitigating risks.”

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