The Hugs tag features an RFID sensor that alerts hospital authorities if the wearer approaches an exit.

STANLEY Healthcare Dedicated to Keeping People Safe — In All Stages of Life

The Hugs tag features an RFID sensor that alerts hospital authorities if the wearer approaches an exit.

INFANT SECURITY SYSTEMS PROTECTING 2 MILLION BABIES PER YEAR

People think of hospitals as safe and secure places, where life’s most important events happen.

The Hugs® and Kisses® infant protection systems have played an important part in ensuring safety of hospitals’ youngest patients since it was introduced in 1998.1 Today, the Hugs and Kisses systems, which is a part of STANLEY Healthcare, protect 2 million babies annually at more than 1,600 hospitals worldwide.2

The Hugs system was first implemented in the Kienzle Family Maternity Center at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, New York.3 Each newborn is fitted with a tamper-detecting band that tracks movements of a child within secured areas of the hospital. When a child passes outside of a designated zone without prior authorization, an alarm sounds.4

The Kisses system, which was introduced in 2002, complements the Hugs system.5 Kisses bands are worn by new mothers and are linked to babies’ bands; an audio signal confirms whether babies and moms are properly matched.6

The RFID technology found in the Hugs and Kisses systems was acquired in 1990 by a company called Instantel — now part of the STANLEY Security family — that specializes in industrial seismographs used by construction and mining companies.7 Instantel experimented with the radio technology and launched several products that used RFID tags.8 In fact, some hospitals used these products with babies and elderly patients before Hugs was introduced.9

In 2005, Instantel was acquired by Verichip Corp.10 Stanley purchased the division, then called Xmark Corp., for $45 million in 2008.11 Since then, Stanley has continued to improve upon the Hugs and Kisses systems, and it also markets WanderGuard, a similar system designed especially for elderly patients.12

The Hugs and Kisses system is just one of the innovative solutions offered by STANLEY Healthcare. STANLEY Healthcare also offers protection solutions for young children, adolescents and other patients;13 real-time solutions for environmental monitoring, asset management and workflow optimization; and safety and security solutions for senior living.

 


 

[1] "Hugs Infant Protection." Hugs Infant Protection | STANLEY Healthcare. Accessed March 26, 2018. https://www.stanleyhealthcare.com/solutions/health-systems/security-protection/infant-protection.; Elder, Steve. Hugs 20th Anniversary Facts V3. DOC. STANLEY Healthcare.
[2] Lorenzi, Neal. "Infant Abduction Prevention Systems Technology Evolves as System Capabilities Continue to Improve." Health Facilities Management, January 7, 2015. Accessed March 16, 2018.;  https://www.hfmmagazine.com/articles/1454-infant-abduction-prevention-systems.; "Personal Emergency Response System." Personal Emergency Response System | STANLEY Healthcare. Accessed March 16, 2018. https://www.stanleyhealthcare.com/solutions/health-systems/security-protection/patient-security.; Elder, Steve. Hugs 20th Anniversary Facts V3. DOC. STANLEY Healthcare.
[3] "Foundation Supports Security System for Crouse's Kienzle Center." Business Journal, August 20, 1999.
[4] "Foundation Supports Security System for Crouse's Kienzle Center." Business Journal, August 20, 1999.
[5] "Patient Care; Electronic Hugs-and-Kisses System Matches Newborns to Mothers." Women's Health Weekly, June 10, 2004. https://search.proquest.com/docview/212330099?accountid=34227.; Elder, Steve. Hugs 20th Anniversary Facts V3. DOC. STANLEY Healthcare.
[6] "Kisses Mother Tag." Kisses Mother Tag | STANLEY Healthcare. Accessed March 16, 2018. https://www.stanleyhealthcare.com/products/kisses-mother-tag.
[7] Freeze, Colin. "Seismic Firm Sees Boom in Security: On Track: Tiny Locating Device Has Big Applications as Personal Monitor." The Ottawa Citizen, March 6, 1997.
[8] Freeze, Colin. "Seismic Firm Sees Boom in Security: On Track: Tiny Locating Device Has Big Applications as Personal Monitor." The Ottawa Citizen, March 6, 1997.
[9] Knox, Melinda. "Newborns: Sung as a Bug in a Rug." The Tribune (Seymour, Indiana), August 21, 2003.
[10] Hill, Bert. "U.S. Company VeriChip Buys Instantel." The Ottawa Citizen, June 14, 2005.
[11] Hill, Bert. "VeriChip's Kantana Line Sold to U.S Toolmaker for $45M." The Ottawa Citizen, May 16, 2008.
[12] STANLEY Healthcare. "RoamAlert Wander Management." News release. Accessed March 16, 2018. https://www.stanleyhealthcare.com/sites/stanleyhealthcare.com/files/docu... Solution Overview.pdf.
[13] "Pedz Pediatric Tag." Pedz Pediatric Tag | STANLEY Healthcare. Accessed March 26, 2018. https://www.stanleyhealthcare.com/products/pedz-pediatric-tag.