Additional Patient Protection Afforded with Pneumatic Tube System Access Restriction

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Swisslog offers a controlled electro-mechanical access door which restricts access to hospital pneumatic tube stations. The stations are used to send and receive sensitive hospital patient information. This device assists hospitals in assuring better protection of patient information, complementing Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) demands.

Swisslog Healthcare Solutions Division, in response to North American hospitals demand for further protection of both sensitive medical items – as well as increased protection of patient medical information, is providing secure access restrictions doors for their pneumatic tube system (PTS) user stations.

Often times these send/receive material transport stations are located in areas within the hospital where constant staff vigilance cannot be maintained. The TransLogic pneumatic tube system carriers transport a wide range of potentially sensitive items including patient records, prescribed medications, narcotics and laboratory specimens.

Swisslog now offers station access doors which provide controlled staff access. The door, which can be easily retrofitted onto existing TransLogic pneumatic tube systems. The electro-magnetic system requires authorized users to enter a Personal Identification Number via the PTS control panel in order to open the door and gain access.

Unique PIN’s can be assigned, and easily changed, on demand. The system features an electro-magnetic lock which holds the door securely in the closed position. Once the PIN is entered, the lock releases, a message appears on the user control panel that access has been accomplished.

An invalid PIN entry results in an invalid attempt message on the display panel. The door automatically resets once the door is returned to the closed position.

Regulatory agency inspections within hospitals are proving to be a driving force behind the increasing demand for PTS system access restriction.

Visit Swisslog’s Patient Protection resource web page for more information relating to the TransLogic PTS Access Door, for a download of the brochure and other valuable patient safety resources. Visit the Swisslog Pneumatic Tube System web page to learn more about how the TransLogic pneumatic tube systems can serve hospital’s material transport challenges. Both pages can be accessed by visiting the Swisslog Healthcare Solutions Division at

Call Swisslog’s Customer Solutions group to order copies of the PTS Access Door brochure and for assistance with material transport issues at 1-800-764-0300.

About Swisslog

Swisslog is a global provider of integrated logistic solutions for warehouses, distribution centers and hospitals. The comprehensive portfolio ranges from building complex warehouses and distribution centers including Swisslog’s software, in-house logistics solutions for hospitals as well as software and consulting services in the field of supply chain management. Swisslog’s solutions optimize the customer’s production, logistics and distribution processes in order to increase their flexibility, responsiveness and quality of service, while minimizing logistics costs. With years of experience in the development and implementation of integrated logistics solutions, Swisslog provides the expertise that customers in more than 50 countries around the world rely on. Headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, Swisslog currently employs around 1,850 staff in 23 countries worldwide.


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