The Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wants to deploy Stanley Healthcare’s ‘Hugs’ infant protection solution on Wi-Fi for use in 156 of its MoH hospitals.

The Saudi Government hopes the wide deployment will help protect more than 350,000 newborn infants from abduction and mother / baby mismatches every year.

It is the second significant contract for infant protection that Stanley Healthcare and its authorised partner in Saudi Arabia, Inma Trading, have received from the MoH.

"The Saudi Government hopes the wide deployment will help protect more than 350,000 newborn infants."

Earlier in 2011, Stanley Healthcare deployed the Hugs infant protection solution in 16 of the largest birthing hospitals throughout the Kingdom.

The new infant protection solution consists of the company’s AeroScout Wi-Fi Real Time Location System (RTLS) platform linked with a small Hugs tag that is attached to the ankle of a newborn baby.

If the Hugs tag is cut or removed from the infant without prior approval, or the infant is removed from a designated area, the system immediately issues an automatic alert.

Stanley Healthcare vice president of emerging markets Ricardo C Berrios said: "As part of our global mission to enable healthcare organisations to excel, we’ve designed the STANLEY Healthcare solution suite to drive high-quality healthcare delivery, patient safety and operational excellence throughout the Middle East and the rest of the world."

The healthcare solution offers other patient safety features, such as automatic temperature monitoring of breast milk refrigeration units, blanket warmers, pharmaceutical cabinets and hand hygiene compliance monitoring, to improve infection prevention through automated around-the-clock monitoring of hand hygiene events.

With a single enterprise deployment, AeroScout Wi-Fi technology allows hospitals to provide facility-wide infant protection as well as real-time monitoring at multiple buildings and sites.

Minister of Health advisor and ICT general director Dr Abdullah Al-Wuhaibi said the MoH is pleased to implement Stanley Healthcare’s Hugs infant protection solution on Wi-Fi, which it has determined to be the best-in-class based on a thorough review of alternative approaches.