Abloy UK launches wireless cabinet lock for healthcare sector

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Abloy UK has expanded its innovative Aperio range with the new KL100 Wireless Cabinet Lock to provide traceable, flexible, and secure digital access for the safekeeping of items in healthcare settings.

The user-friendly system is convenient for the storage of medication in hospitals and a secure way for patients to store possessions without the need of physical keys. In one NHS Trust alone, according to the company, it was revealed that more than £273,000 was paid to patients and their families as compensation for lost possessions over a five-year period.

Shaun Powell, General Sales Manager – Healthcare/OEM Industrial at Abloy UK, explains: “Certain areas within healthcare settings, such as the storage of bedside medication, require convenient yet secure on demand access for staff and patients alike. However, physical keys may not be the most convenient solution for the safekeeping of other products, assets, and patient possessions.

Locking draws, lockers, and bedside cabinets doesn’t need to be a pain, and by embracing more adaptive and advanced technologies, such as the KL100, healthcare providers can not only enhance security but also improve convenience for patients.”

The Aperio KL100 offers a comprehensive audit trail to identify who unlocked a cabinet and when – allowing tailor-made access and ensuring that patients have responsibility over their own belongings.

Additionally, staff carry their own programmable credential, meaning they no longer waste time waiting for the keyholder to medicine cabinets. This reduces the risk of lost keys, and credentials can be swiftly and easily revoked if required.

There are a variety of uses for this keyless lock, such as on bedside lockers in hospitals and POD lockers – which patients can store their own medication in – and storage within portable EPMA dispensing carts used by staff.

It can be an effective way for patients to keep personal belongings and medication safe without the use of a key. Once they are discharged the card or wristband can then be discarded and a new card programmed to the system. The KL100 is part of the Aperio wireless lock range which can be fitted by various OEM medical furniture manufacturers to give an audit trail on new cupboards and cabinets.