McLaren Greater Lansing is among the first to receive the new gold standard for identifying newborn patients. CertaScan Technologies has developed a new infant safety system, which allows hospitals to capture digital, high resolution images of a newborn’s footprints. These images can be used for identification in emergency situations like natural disaster, abduction or a lost baby.
The Newborn Safety System has garnered the attention and praise of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and has been included as a recommendation for hospitals in its recent infant security guidelines.
Much like fingerprints, footprints are a biometric and unique to each newborn; meaning they can be used throughout a lifetime for identification purposes.
“The safety of our patients, especially our youngest patients, is the number one priority for us,” said Heather Adams, M.D., pediatric hospitalist. “This new technology allows us to offer the safest method to identify the mother’s new baby.”
Adams explained that new mothers will still receive a printed keepsake of their baby’s footprints. However, parents will now have an opportunity to get another copy later if they want it, and can customize the certificate with colors, different fonts and borders through the website, firstfootprint.com. Moms can also download a digital copy of their baby’s footprint.
McLaren states that the system is safe for use on babies and provides outstanding footprint quality. The digital footprints and security photo can be stored efficiently in each newborn’s medical record.