Healthwatch: Infant Security

When babies are born at Rush Hospital, two arm bands are placed on them to clearly identify the child and its mother. The lettering is bold and dark and is done to reassure families in a time when we hear news reports of babies being taken by strangers.

"According to the National Center of Missing and Abducted Children, a typical abductor, they are going to be a female between the ages of 12 and 50. A lot of these women, they've lost children or they can't have children," said Stacey Davidson, coordinator for Rush's nursery and Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

Davidson said Rush is the first hospital in the area to install such an infant safety and security system, and every step is being taken to make babies safe.

"We have a safety policy. We only allow parents and grandparents in to visit. They are allowed to bring visitors as long as they are with that parent," Davidson said. "Our doors have key pads that we must access the code in order to get into the unit. And also exit the unit as well."

The safety policy has the added benefit of helping keep unhealthy people away from infants, at a time when their immune systems are most vulnerable.


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