Forrest General Hospital installs Newborn Safety System

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Forrest General Hospital has recently installed a new and innovative Infant Safety System developed by CertaScan.

The propriety system allows the hospital to capture high resolution newborn footprints which can be used for precise identification should the need arise in an emergency situation.

“We’re so excited to have the CertaScan system, that we’ve implemented here at Forrest General. We’re actually the first hospital in Mississippi to have it. And it’s just a proactive stance on improving our patient safety, our infant safety," said Kim Davis, Patient Care Manager of Labor and Delivery.

The CertaScan machine scans newborn baby's feet, without the hassle of ink and paper.

“The great thing about the system is that it’s quick and easy to use but the best thing about the system is that the footprints are there for the moms to log in. They get a unique password and they’re able to log in the footprints are sent to a cloud, so they’re there forever,” said Davis.

According to the Scientific American, finger prints change over time. The use of footprints for identification can be used throughout a child's life into adulthood. The machine also documents weight, measurements and birth date into an electronic cloud.

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