Canadian Hospital Adds New Security Measure for Infant Safety

Canadian Hospital Adds New Security Measure for Infant Safety

All newborns at the hospital are now outfitted with a lightweight, self-adjusting bracelet that includes an RFID chip. According to Sue Snowdon, Program Coordinator of the Women and Child Care Unit, the RFID chip can be used to track the infant if a person leaves the unit with a baby.

The Grey Bruce Health Services at Ontario’s Owen Sound Regional Hospital has implemented a new security program in the Women and Child Care Unit. The new security aims at increasing security and safety for infants.

All newborns at the hospital are now outfitted with a lightweight, self-adjusting bracelet that includes an RFID chip. According to Sue Snowdon, Program Coordinator of the Women and Child Care Unit, the RFID chip can be used to track the infant if a person leaves the unit with a baby.

If an infant wearing the bracelet gets near an entry point, the RFID chip sends a signal to lock down all hospital doors.

According to Snowdon, there have only been eight incidents of someone trying to take a baby from a hospital in Canada. However, she said, the Grey Bruce Health Services decided to be proactive and implement the program before anything happens.

Doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital have been trained on how to use the infant monitoring bracelets.

Snowdon said the tech is being used at other Ontario hospitals to add an extra layer of security.

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