CHARLOTTE, NC -- (Marketwire) -- 02/25/10 -- Patient Care Technology Systems (PCTS), a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSLR), today announced the availability of Amelior 360° Hand Hygiene -- a unique, auto-id hand hygiene monitoring solution for meeting stringent hand hygiene compliance requirements.
The rate of healthcare associated infection (HCAI) has reached epidemic proportions. In 2007, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) noted that every year, nearly 2 million patients in North America contract an infection in a hospital and about 100,000 die as a result of their infection. Also, in a 2009 report, the CDC stated that hospital-acquired infections cost the U.S. health system between $28.4 and $33.8 billion dollars a year.
The Amelior 360° Hand Hygiene solution uses real-time locating system (RTLS) technology, disinfectant dispenser attachments and PCTS' dynamic tracking and workflow automation engine to automatically and continuously monitor staff members' compliance with defined hygiene and infection protocols.
The system unobtrusively evaluates staff members' hand hygiene activities during a patient encounter notifying them when they have or have not complied with appropriate protocols. Using the data the system collects and analyzes, hospital managers or administrators can easily run detailed reports that calculate compliance rates, interactions, high traffic areas and level of supplies.
The Amelior 360° Hand Hygiene system monitors compliance through a combination of small radio-frequency tags worn by staff members. Sensors are mounted on the ceiling throughout the facility, and interface modules are attached to disinfectant dispensers.
Tony Marsico, president and chief executive officer of PCTS, says, "The Amelior 360° Hand Hygiene system is an easy-to-deploy, enterprise capable solution that observes and reports on hand hygiene compliance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are happy to provide this system as a stand-alone module or in combination with one of our gold-standard tracking and workflow automation solutions."
In the Fall of 2009, the Joint Commission invited eight health system facilities in the United States to participate in the Center for Transforming Healthcare program that is aimed at overcoming lapses in patient safety and the quality of health care. One of the prestigious hospitals that was invited to participate in the study was Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. WFUBMC is a 1,056 bed teaching facility and is ranked one of America's best hospitals according to US News and World Report and in 2008 was recognized as one of the nation's "Most Wired" hospitals.
The goal of the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare program is to develop systematic methodologies that include robust process improvement tools to identify and solve patient safety and quality issues. The Center's first focus was to systematically improve hand hygiene compliance, which the hospitals together identified as the one most critical patient safety issue that they all share. After extensive research, WFUBMC implemented the Amelior 360° Hand Hygiene system integrated with the Amelior Tracker® solution from PCTS.
Following a Six-Sigma based comprehensive environmental and workflow assessment, the pilot for the study was integrated in the ICU and medical/surgical units at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. After several months of monitoring and evaluations, the hand hygiene pilot has seen a significant increase in compliance from its hospital staff. A final report will be forthcoming from the Joint Commission and the Center for Transforming Healthcare on its complete findings of this hand hygiene compliance study.
"At Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, we all know that hand hygiene is critically important to patient safety and health," said Bob Parker, vice president of support operations and community health at WFUMC. "The technology we have implemented from PCTS and CenTrak to meet hand hygiene compliance guidelines and protocols for the Joint Commission study will provide a real breakthrough in tracking, reporting and managing crucial hygiene requirements."
WFUBMC also uses the Amelior Tracker solution with the CenTrak Gen2IR active RF technology tags to track WFUBMC hospital assets. The hospital has also incorporated the patient safety standard of monitoring vaccine temperatures. There are future plans to expand into automatic patient tracking and departmental workflow automation.
The Amelior Tracker solution is part of the Amelior Enterprise Visibility Suite which comprises department to facility-wide software solutions and services designed to more efficiently and safely orchestrate patient care through the real-time visualization of patient flow. Hospitals can scale their implementations by the entities they wish to track (movable medical equipment, patients, staff), purpose (asset management, patient flow, infection control) and by the scope of hospital workflow (acute care, inpatient floors, outpatient services, enterprise-wide).
March 1-4, 2010, representatives of PCTS (booth #1021) will present an interactive demonstration of the Amelior 360° Hand Hygiene System at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems (HIMSS) Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
About Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (www.wfubmc.edu) is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Brenner Children's Hospital, Wake Forest University Physicians, and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university's School of Medicine and Piedmont Triad Research Park. The system comprises 1,056 acute care, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and has been ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report since 1993. Wake Forest Baptist is ranked 32nd in the nation by America's Top Doctors for the number of its doctors considered best by their peers. The institution ranks in the top third in funding by the National Institutes of Health and fourth in the Southeast in revenues from its licensed intellectual property.
CenTrak is a leading provider of accurate, multi-functional, and cost-effective tracking infrastructure for healthcare facilities. The CenTrak Real Time Location System (RTLS) infrastructure uniquely combines Gen2IR and active RFID technologies to deliver certainty-based or error free data, a requirement for workflow and other important applications. As the only predominantly battery-powered RTLS technology, CenTrak offers a simple and non-invasive installation unattainable with legacy solutions. CenTrak's RTLS is currently operating in millions of square feet at dozens of world-class healthcare sites in the United States, Canada and Europe. For more information about CenTrak, please visit www.centrak.com.
About Patient Care Technology Systems
Patient Care Technology Systems, a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSLR), helps health care providers to improve patient flow, increase capacity and improve patient and staff safety by visualizing the real-time location and status of people and equipment throughout their facility. PCTS solutions have supported over 2 million patient visits annually and have shown a proven return on investment in high turnover, high-acuity units such as the emergency department and perioperative suites. The Amelior Enterprise Visibility Suite is interoperable with all leading locating technologies, including active-RFID, infrared, ultrasound, ultra-wideband, Wi-Fi and ZigBee. PCTS customers have been recognized nationally for improvements in efficiency and clinical excellence. For more information, visit www.pcts.com.
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