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Infant security program added to Colorado medical center

Tiny security devices are being put around infants’ ankles at the Vail Valley Medical Center in Colorado to set off an alarm if newborns are taken outside of a designated area.

The new security system, Hugs Infant Protection Service, allows staff to monitor the newborns. The ankle device is waterproof, reusable, non-allergenic, and comfortable, reports Vail Daily.

Doris Kirchner, president and CEO of the medical center, says 582 births took place at the hospital last year. The medical center is adding the Hugs program to its current infant security program, which includes educating parents and staff about preventing infant abductions as well as security drills.

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Erica Jordan About the Author: Erica is an Editorial Assistant and manages Infection Control Weekly Monitor and Hospital Safety Connection. She also blogs weekly for Stressed Out Nurses and Patient Safety.

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