Hugs and Kisses

Denton Regional Medical Center has added a new layer of security ito help ensure the safety of its youngest patients. The hospital recently installed the Hugs and Kisses® Infant Protection System from Xmark, to safeguard its infants and children from the threat of abduction.

Infant protection systems provide an effective additional layer of security to guard against the abduction of infants,” stated Teresa Felderhoff, RN, RNC-OB, the Administrative Director of Women's and Children's Services at Denton Regional.   “The Hugs and Kisses® system has been configured to operate in a number of ways to add multiple layers to our infant security program.

Each infant wears a comfortable and unobtrusive Hugs tag attached by the means of a soft tamper-proof strap around his or her ankle.  The computer console displays floor plans of the unit showing monitored areas and doors.  Alarms are generated if the strap is cut or tampered with, if the infant is moved to an unauthorized zone, or if the tag's signal is no longer detected.  The system activates security cameras which record activity at the door at the time of the alarm and one minute prior to the alarm. 

Hugs tags enroll automatically when placed on an infant and are individually monitored.  Each tag sends a status signal to the main console to confirm its presence and functionality.   If a signal is not received within a designated period, an alarm will be generated.  The system performs automatic self-checks on all components and advises staff of any problem.

"In the event of an attempted abduction, the Hugs system will immediately inform security and our nursing staff as to precisely where the alarm has occurred," says Jayne Thomas, RN, BSN, MBA, Denton Regional’s Chief Nursing Officer.  "This information is vital to ensuring a quick response in the event of an abduction attempt."

Denton Regional Medical Center also implemented the Kisses® component of the Hugs system which provides automatic mother/infant matching notification.  Each mother is given a small tag (the Kisses tag) that is bonded with her infant’s Hugs tag at birth.  From that point forward, the tags remain bonded throughout their stay in the hospital.  Nurses are immediately alerted of a mismatch with an audible indicator.