Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

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22 Medical Construction & Design | September/October 2014 By Ann Geissler Timme W hether it is meeting HIPPA guidelines or assuring patients and staff are protected, hospital facility managers and security professionals are being forced to re-examine access control procedures and systems. In all too many cases, their present credentials are inadequate and lockdown procedures are faulty. That's the bad news. The good news is with a little knowledge and planning it's possible to bring safety and security to the proper level. A weaving in of the latest in security solutions and procedures can increase security and safety for patients and staff. Here are fi ve tips on how to make medical facilities more safe and secure, effi cient and more conducive for patient care and healing. 1 Wireless access control: Wireless locks have been a boon to hospital designers and contractors as they eliminate the costs of direct wiring. Previously, most electronic access control systems have been too costly and disruptive to put on the large number of interior doors in medical facilities. However, new wireless standalone locking systems enable the transition from mechanical to electronic access at a fraction of the cost of traditional wired solutions. Programming is easy. All the administrator needs is the lock and a free mobile app. The locks simplify installation by combining the lock, card reader, door position switch and request-to-exit switch together into one unit. They have identical door preps to cylindrical mechanical locks so they can be easily interchanged without having to replace the door or the frame. Installation is complete within 15 minutes using a screwdriver with no additional holes to drill or wires to run to the opening. Leveraging web-based and mobile apps makes it simple to commission these devices and even easier to confi gure lock settings, add users and view audits and alerts from anywhere. By using the web-based or mobile app and a Wi-Fi connection, the locks are updated automatically once a day via the cloud, eliminating the need to update locks at the door as with traditional offl ine electronic locks. Or, when changes are more urgent, administrators can approach the individual locks and use the Bluetooth Low Energy technology on a smart phone or tablet to update immediately. Access privileges can be quickly assigned and revoked electronically by the administrator, making them ideal for employees, medical staff and physicians, contract workers, visitors and service providers. Most importantly, such wireless standalone locks let administrators leverage existing access-control credentials, not only on these doors, but throughout the building. to leverage door hardware to improve healthcare environments SPOTLIGHT DOORS AND HARDWARE Wireless standalone locking systems enable the transition from mechanical to electronic access at a fraction of the cost of traditional wired solutions. Healthcare facilities can benefi t from the use of low-energy quiet latches and sound-reducing exit devices. 5 ways

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