Imagine being the parent of a newborn baby and not being able to see your child because they are in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and being closely monitored by doctors and nurses. Some of these infants are in incubators hooked up to monitors and feeding tubes. Then there are the mothers who are occasionally unable to be moved from their rooms due to C-sections or difficult deliveries that keep them bedridden. These moms are not always able to go to the Pediatric ICU to visit their child(ren). There are now hospitals that provide i-pads to patients who may not be able to get see their baby right away due to circumstances beyond their control. These hospitals must take precautions to protect against i-pad theft or computer tablet theft. They can do so by using Alpha Thunder Tags on their mobile devices.
Alpha Thunder Tags can be attached to mobile medical devices and when used in conjunction with electronic article surveillance (EAS) antennas, such as the Checkpoint Classic N10 antenna, help to both deter and detect theft. The tag is designed to activate the alarm built into an EAS antenna when it is carried into the proximity of the antenna. The antenna emits a loud beeping noise and LED lights flash during an activation, drawing the attention of anyone in the area. When staff hear the noise, they respond to the door and can stop the person setting off the alarm and determine the cause of the alert. If the cause is due to a mobile device being removed from the building, employees have the opportunity to recover it. The Alpha Thunder Tag also has a built in alarm that will activate even if someone gets through the doors and into the street or parking lot.
Additionally, when attached to a mobile device, there is a tamper alarm that sets. Should a thief attempt an i-pad theft, by removing an Alpha Thunder Tag, the tamper alarm will sound a loud, piercing noise. Again, hospital staff can respond to the location and recover the device. The tag and the Checkpoint N10 antennas together provide a physical and visual deterrent which keep i-pads or computer tablets in hospitals and available to the patients who need them.
Where are i-pads being used to help moms and babies connect? One place that the connection is being made is at Cedar-Sinai Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. On their website, cedars-sinai.edu, in an article, “iPads Help New Moms Connect With Their Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit”, the story describes how some mothers are unable to see their newborns right away and this can cause anxiety and stress. They have called their program “Baby Time” and it allows the mother to see her newborn when she is in another area of the hospital and cannot get to her child. The hospital brings an i-pad to the mother and then an i-pad is used at the other end to allow the mother to see her baby and see how he/she is doing. The mother is able to see her baby and feel more at ease at the situation. One mother mentioned in the article said that “… the program meant feeling just a little closer to her baby girl and the comfort of being able to hear the physician explain her infant’s condition.”
In part two of this article we will look at other areas where similar use of i-pads and tablets are being used to bridge the divide when parents can’t visit their newborns. Suffice it to say, the thought of a possible i-pad theft from a program such as this is unconscionable, but the possibility exists. Alpha Thunder Tags can help prevent such a situation.
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