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New Infant Security Measures in Place at Owen Sound Hospital

Owen Sound | by Ken Hashizume  

All newborns are outfitted with an RFID chip inside a bracelet to monitor their movement.

New mothers can feel more secure after giving birth at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital.

The Grey Bruce Health Services have implemented a new security program in the Women and Child Care Unit aimed at keeping infants babies safe and secure.

All newborns at the hospital are outfitted with an RFID chip inside a light-weight, self-adjusting bracelet.

Program Coordinator of the Women and Child Care Unit Sue Snowdon says if someone leaves the unit with a baby, staff can track the person down using the RFID chip in the bracelet.

She says if the baby gets close to an entry point, the RFID chip would send a signal to lock down all the doors in the hospital.

Snowdon says there have been only eight incidents in Canada where someone tried to take a baby from a hospital.

She says they decided to err on the side of caution and implement the program before something happens.

Snowdon says doctors, nurses, and staff at the hospital have been trained on how to use the monitoring bracelets.

She says it's being used at other hospitals in Ontario and it adds an extra layer of security.


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