RFID in Hospital


They also use RFID to tag new-born babies, here I will highlight two cases (two of many cases). However, in the previous post I also covered some studies on the use of RFID within a medical facility.

Case number one

The first is a lady (names will be kept anonymous out of respect for the families, should any readers what more information on these facts please email through to us). Who lived in the UK, she gave birth and was suffering from depression, the hospital well aware of this, her baby was tagged with RFID, 4 days after she gave birth she walked out of the hospital with her baby, she and her baby were not found for 2 days, she had committed suicide along with her baby. A family has been left devastated, and not the first time.

Not one alarm went off (which was supposed to when the ping was not picked up), not one member of staff were alerted, and no one stopped her.

In case number two

A member of our team gave birth to a baby girl in Dublin Ireland, the baby was tagged again with RFID. 3 days after the baby was born the father cut off the RFID tag with a pair of normal everyday scissors and left it on the bed and walked out of the ward with the baby, no one stopped him, the alarm did not sound either. He returned and pointed out to the ward sister what he had done, she wanted to call the guards, he told her to call the guards, he cannot be done for kidnapping his own child and he has just proved how inadequate their system is to keep babies safe.

Security does not exist with RFID, it is an illusion, and one of the easiest technologies to by-pass should you need to.

That is just two cases, of the may we know about, yet no one is speaking up about them and how a technology that has been around since the Second World War is so easily by-passed and far from the correct technology for the medical RTLS industry.

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