Palmetto Health Richland has implemented a new infant footprint scan and photograph system. The Infant Safety System, developed by CertaScan Technologies, allows the hospital to capture high resolution images of newborn footprints that can be used for precise identification in situations like an abduction, lost baby or natural disaster, according to a press release.
The system offers parents the option to have their child’s footprint scanned and their photograph made immediately after birth, the release said. The mother’s index fingers also will be scanned and linked to her newborn. In the event of an abduction, missing child situation or other emergency, this allows for quicker, more efficient identification, the release added. The service is provided at no cost to the family.
“We believe this system delivers several benefits to new families,” said Felicia Wesley, nurse manager at Palmetto Health Richland Birthplace. “These measures give peace of mind to families and hospital staff, as well as putting Palmetto Health Richland in line with recommendations from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.”
The digital footprints and security photos can be stored in the newborn’s electronic medical record. And, much like fingerprints, footprints are a biometric, unique to each baby, the release said.
The families will receive a certificate of the newborn’s footprint that will include the baby’s name, birth date and time, weight and height. Families also will have access to the certificate online and have the option to customize, download and print multiple copies.
According to the release, Palmetto Health is the first hospital in South Carolina to the service.