CRMC Unveils Infant Identifying Apparatus

By Chilton, James | Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY), July 13, 2015 | Go to article overview

CRMC Unveils Infant Identifying Apparatus


Chilton, James, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY)


New device at CRMC to aid in infant identification This story was written on: 7/10/2015 At a glance Cheyenne Regional Medical Center recently acquired a security device designed to help aid in identifying babies should they be abducted or otherwise displaced. Called a CertaScan, the device can quickly scan a newborn's footprint patterns, which are then uploaded to a database accessible to parents and hospital staff. The new device is set to begin regular operations by the end of this month.

CHEYENNE - The prospect of losing a child can be terrifying, especially to new parents. And while infant abductions are rare, they do happen. That's one reason Cheyenne Regional Medical Center recently acquired a piece of equipment to improve the safety of its neonatal patients.

A CertaScan machine recently was added to the hospital's pediatric department. Its job is to scan newborns' feet and create records of each baby's footprints that can aid in identification if it's ever needed.

"We're always looki ng for ways to add layers to security in the hospital, not just the maternal child services but th e whole hospital," said Tom Aumack, security manager for Cheyenne Regional.

"I came across litera ture on this and t hought this was a pretty high-speed device. I shared it with the nursing manager up here, a committee was formed and we all agreed (to get it).

" Aumack said the hospital is fortunate in that it never has had a documented case of a baby being abducted. But the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children shows it is an ongoing concern.

Since 1983, the center has documented 300 infant abductions, including 132 from health-care facilities. While the vast majority of the babies are ultimately recovered, it can sometimes be hard to immediately determine that the recovered baby is, in fact, the one that was taken. …

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