The Special Addition Birth Center at Shawnee Mission Medical Center Expands Partnership with RF Technologies(R)

Security system meets the needs for center’s 3,300 births this year; Shawnee Mission Medical Center is first RF Technologies customer to host ACLS/OB Courses for Nurses and Clinical Instructors

BROOKFIELD, Wis., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ — RF Technologies(R) has partnered with Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) to protect its infants and children from abduction and give family members peace of mind that their children are secure. SMMC has plans to install the latest upgrade to its Safe Place(R) Infant Security Solution, Software Version 5.0, in the near future. The Special Addition Birth Center at SMMC is a perfect candidate for the Safe Place Infant Security Solution. It is the busiest birth center in the Kansas City area.

“The Special Addition Birth Center at Shawnee Mission Medical Center is a state-of-the-art facility that has newly renovated Labor and Delivery rooms. It features advanced security, and we are proud that our Safe Place Infant Security system is a part of the technology that protects the hospital’s infants and children,” said Ross Scavuzzo, President of RF Technologies.

The Safe Place Infant Security Solution protects infants within an assigned area. Security begins as soon as the nurse attaches the small, lightweight transmitter onto the infant’s ankle. Safe Place is designed for and by clinical nurses to be user-friendly and improve staff productivity. The technology increases efficiencies by centralizing information on a touch screen PC monitor, allowing for easy admit with an auto-enroll feature, and conveniently identifying and registering nurses into the system with card swipe and proximity readers. Safe Place allows the hospital to generate a variety of customized reports to help reduce alarms and be ready for Joint Commission reviews at the touch of a button.

“We are excited about the upcoming upgrade to Version 5.0 because the software is capable of running on our existing computer network,” said Debra Ohnoutka, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services at SMMC. “This will allow us to check and update Safe Place data on our tablet PCs bedside.” Version 5.0 software also includes a new Blue Alarm Equipment Containment feature that permits transmitters to be attached to medical equipment, alerting staff when equipment is being removed from a designated area.

RF Technologies and SMMC expanded their partnership by providing Advanced Cardiac Life Support training for pregnant or newly delivered patients (ACLS/OB). The training was offered to both SMMC’s and neighboring hospitals’ OB nursing staff. In total, three days of training were provided. The two-day provider course was underwritten by RF Technologies and hosted by SMMC. The course was taught by Teresa Stanfill, RNC, MSN, and Katie Schimmelpfennig, RNC, BSN, both Maternity Services Clinical Instructors at St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. The ACLS/OB course implements the American Heart Association ACLS guidelines established in 2005. Upon completion of this course, the provider receives a standard AHA ACLS Provider Card. Continuing education contact hours will be awarded for the ACLS/OB Provider Course. Day three of the course is designed to prepare new Instructor Candidates to teach ACLS/OB courses.

The SMMC ACLS/OB presentation was the first of six regional courses to be sponsored by RF Technologies. The next course will be held in May and hosted by Waukesha Memorial Hospital in Waukesha, Wisconsin. For details on this course and future offerings, contact Leslie Roste at 1.800.669.9946 ext. 6701.

About RF Technologies, Inc.:

RF Technologies(R) is a leading provider of comprehensive, integrated radio frequency identification (RFID) monitoring 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 and Wireless Call, Sensatec(R) Fall Management, PinPoint(R) Asset Tracking, Seeker(R) Mobile Locating, and Safe Place(R) ED and Infant Security Solutions. RF Technologies is credited with inventing the first RFID infant security system, designed and developed by nurse clinicians. The company is first in the industry to offer Remote Monitoring, RF Consulting and 24X7 technical support by RF Technologies’ staff specialists and a nationwide service management team.

About Shawnee Mission Medical Center:

Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) is a 383-bed facility with nearly 20,000 inpatient admissions and more than 195,000 outpatient admissions annually. SMMC has the busiest emergency department in Johnson County, the area’s first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center, a nationally recognized Center for Women’s Health and delivers more babies each year than any other hospital in the metropolitan area. SMMC employs nearly 2,800 local residents and supports an exceptional staff of 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties, the largest medical staff in Kansas City.

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