Guard RFID's TotGuard™ System Now Includes "Mother- Baby Bonding" Using Active RFID

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Hospital Infant Switches Reduced with System to Bond Newborns to Mom

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We have all heard the rare, heartbreaking stories of mothers going home with the wrong baby, but the incidence of mother-baby mix-ups in hospitals is more common and has more costly consequences than one might expect.

Guard RFID Solutions Inc. announced today that its leading-edge TotGuard™ Infant Protection system now bonds mothers to their infants using Active RFID tags, as a major feature addition to its infant security solution. Vice President of Sales, Beth Bandi explains, "We have all heard the rare, heartbreaking stories of mothers going home with the wrong baby, but the incidence of mother-baby mix-ups in hospitals is more common and has more costly consequences than one might expect."

Bandi went on to say that preventing identification errors is a huge issue for hospitals and the populace they serve, especially for infants, the most vulnerable population. "Lack of validated identity information due to lapses in protocol, mistakes and errors costs hospitals thousands of dollars in time, tests and lost productivity for each occurrence not including the negative effect on reputation," says Bandi. She continued by saying that at GuardRFID, we considered the key risks and are proud to have a complete infant security system in TotGuard™ that delivers results.

A 2005 study reported that there are approximately 23,000 erroneous infant-mother transfers per year in the United States alone, and that the vast majority are discovered before discharge, "usually through pure luck". Bandi gave an example of widely reported case where a Mom had to be tested for hepatitis after breastfeeding the wrong baby.

The Mother-Baby Bonding feature within GuardRFID's TotGuard™ solution, and the associated active RFID tags, begin production shipments in October, 2009. Bandi stated that Guard RFID is currently accepting requests for upgrades to existing systems, and is offering the feature as an option system for all new system requirements.

The TotGuard Infant Security system uses the only Disposable Infant Tags on the market, eliminating the need to clean, disinfect and sterilize tags after use, and removing the risk of cross-infection between infants. These small, infant tags utilize Guard RFID's unique dual-tamper detecting mechanism, which is designed to significantly reduce nuisance alarms.

About Guard RFID Solutions

Guard RFID develops Active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies and products for Healthcare and Enterprise applications. Guard RFID's products provide accurate RF asset tracking and people tracking for healthcare and industrial applications, and are used for enhanced automation, workflow, monitoring and security solutions. Guard RFID's ability to support multiple applications on its Argus [active RFID] platform positions the company to be able to offer combined people and asset solutions all on the same infrastructure. Founded in early 2007, Guard RFID introduced the first low-cost disposable Active RFID tags to the market, eliminating the need to recycle tags, and allowing for mass deployment for a reasonable investment. Guard RFID Solutions is federally incorporated in Canada, with its head office in the Province of British Columbia, and its Sales office in Atlanta, GA.

Additional information regarding Guard RFID products and services can be found on its website http://www.guardrfid.com

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