Healthcare facilities are often chaotic environments that face the continuous challenge of maintaining the security of restricted areas, while allowing staff and emergency personnel to carry out tasks and respond to situations as quickly and efficiently as possible. The increase of hospitalized patients and their associated visitors adds strain to medical and security personnel. It is essential that those with the correct clearance are able to access restricted or sterilized zones quickly, seamlessly and in many cases hands-free, without compromising on security or safety.
In addition, it is paramount for hospitals to avoid the risks associated with misidentifying patients. When a physician enters a room, he or she needs to correctly identify the patient, and ensure that the correct examination or treatment is administered to each patient.
- Nurses and orderlies can access operating theatres and other restricted rooms, hands-free and in-motion, while transporting incapacitated patients.
- Physicians and surgical staff can enter and maintain the integrity of surgeries and other sterilized areas, after washing their hands.
- Physicians can identify allergies, pre-existing conditions and/or surgical history of each patient.
- Physicians and hospital staff can accurately identify and monitor patients, reducing the risk of vulnerable patients entering restricted or potentially hazardous areas.
- Hospitals can control access of patients and visitors to restricted areas.
- Authorized patients can be admitted (such as new mothers to the pediatric room).
- Approved visitors can enter access-controlled areas (e.g., families visiting a patient in a sterile environment).