Bayhealth recently began using a new and innovative infant safety system developed by CertaScan Technologies at its hospitals.

The proprietary system captures and stores high-resolution digital newborn footprints, which can be used for precise identification in situations like abduction, a lost baby or a natural disaster.

The infant safety system, which uses LiveScan Technology, has garnered attention and praise from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and has been included as a recommendation for hospitals in NCMEC’s most recent Infant Security guidelines.

The system is safe for use on babies and provides newborn footprint quality. Nurses prefer the system because it is easy to use, seamless to adopt and replaces the time-consuming and ink and paper method. The digital newborn footprints and accompanying security photo can be stored efficiently in the baby’s electronic health record. And, much like fingerprints, footprints are a unique biometric for each baby, so they can be used for identification throughout a lifetime.

In addition to enhanced infant safety and security for her new child, each mother also receives a certificate of her newborn’s footprints. When she returns home, she can visit the First Footprint website to enhance the certificate with colors, different fonts and borders. She can also download a digital copy of her newborn’s footprint to use to place orders on websites that offer personalized merchandise such as coffee mugs, etc. These additional benefits are provided as a free gift from Bayhealth.

For more, visit bayhealth.org/maternity-obstetrics.