McLaren Northern Michigan first in region to offer baby footprint security

McLaren Northern Michigan first in region to offer baby footprint security

EMMET COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Newborn baby Kathrynn is wrapped in an extra blanket of security, thanks to new technology available at McLaren Northern Michigan.

Digital foot prints are the newest addition to newborn security technology in hospitals across the country.

Just like finger prints, foot prints are unique to each baby.

McLaren Northern Michigan received the scanning device on October 1st and is the first hospital in the region to offer the technology to parents.

“You don't know what's going to happen, so it's just one extra measure as a hospital to ensure that our babies are as safe as they can be,” said RN and team leader at McLaren Northern Michigan, Sherri Carpenter.

CertaScan Technologies takes multiple images of a baby’s face and feet, until it captures the clearest image.

Then its mom's turn to take her fingerprints.

As soon as the scans are approved, those images go into a secure database that only the parents can access with a special identification code.

“If there ever was an abduction or if a child was ever stolen the authorities can contact this company and they can, in the database, pull up the baby’s name and foot prints,” said Carpenter. “They can link a lost child. Say, if they found a child they could link it to footprints.”

For Kathrynn’s parents, they can go home with their new bundle of joy, knowing she is that much safer.

“It's nice to know that there is this new technology available,” said Crystle Whitehead, Kathrynn’s mom. “With something as simple as a footprint scan I can bring my new baby home with that extra measure of security and comfort.”

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