EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Mayo Clinic Health System recently installed a new, innovative infant safety system at its birth centers in Barron, Eau Claire and Menomonie. The system allows the hospitals to capture high-resolution newborn footprints that can be used for precise identification in situations, such as an abduction or lost baby.
The system replaces the ink and paper method of capturing babies’ footprints.
The digital footprints can be efficiently stored in the newborn’s electronic health record. Much like fingerprints, footprints are unique to each baby, so they can be used for identification throughout a child’s lifetime. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recommends the system in its most recent infant security guidelines.
Each new mom receives a certificate of her newborn’s footprint during her stay. She also can download a digital copy of her baby’s footprint and create customized certificates from home.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this infant safety system for new mothers,” says Patty Bosse, a Mayo Clinic Health System nurse administrator. “This will enhance the safety of newborns and provide a treasured keepsake to mark the momentous occasion of a baby’s birth.”
Mayo Clinic Health System hospitals are the first in northwest Wisconsin to provide this innovative service to moms in the communities it serves.
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