New Safety Technology Offered at Lakeland BirthPlace
Mar 24, 2016 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – Lakeland Health recently became the first health system in Michigan, and the only one in the area, to install an Infant Safety System developed by CertaScan Technologies. The technology allows staff at the BirthPlace in Niles and St. Joseph to digitally scan a newborn’s footprint and capture a high resolution image which can be used for precise identification in situations like an abduction, lost baby, or natural disaster.

Prior to the implementation of CertaScan, footprints were taken using an ink and paper method which could occasionally result in smudged or inconsistent impressions that needed to be re-done. With this new technology, entirely safe for use on babies, the digital footprints and security photo are stored efficiently in the newborn’s electronic medical record. Much like finger prints, foot prints are a biometric and unique to each baby, so they can be used for identification throughout a lifetime.

“The prospect of losing a child is terrifying, especially to new parents and CertaScan allows us to provide another layer of safety for new mothers and infants,” said Tammy Jerz, RN, Manager, BirthPlace at Lakeland Hospital, Niles. “Parents are also presented with a keepsake certificate containing the baby’s footprints and have the option to download a digital copy to share with family and friends.” 

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