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Newborn Digital Foot Printing System Now Available at McLaren Greater Lansing

Friday, October 20, 2017  
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McLaren Greater Lansing is among the first to receive the new gold standard for identifying newborn patients. The new infant safety system developed by CertaScan Technologies allows the hospital to capture high resolution, digital newborn footprints which can be used for precise identification in situations like an abduction, lost baby, or natural disaster.

“The safety of our patients, especially our youngest patients, is the number one priority for us,” Heather Adams, M.D., pediatric hospitalist said. “This new technology allows us to offer the safest method to identify the mother’s new baby.”

The Newborn Safety System — which uses LiveScan Technology — has garnered the attention and praise from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and has been included as a recommendation for hospitals in its most recent Infant Security Guidelines.

The system is safe for use on babies and provides outstanding footprint quality. The new system is easy to use, seamless to adopt, and replaces the time consuming and messy ink and paper method. The digital foot prints and security photo can be stored efficiently in the newborn’s electronic medical record. Much like fingerprints, foot prints are a biometric, unique to each baby, so they can be used for identification throughout a lifetime.

“Every new mom will still receive a printed keepsake of their baby’s footprints,” Dr. Adams said. “However, parents will now have an opportunity to get another copy later if they want it, and can even customize the certificate. Most importantly, though, is that this unique biometric now has the ability to protect our children.”

Each new mom receives a certificate of her newborn’s footprint during her stay at McLaren Greater Lansing. When she returns home, she can visit www.firstfootprint.com and personalize the certificate with colors, different fonts and borders. She can also download a digital copy of her baby’s footprint.

To learn more about McLaren Greater Lansing’s Birthing Center visit http://www.mclaren.org/lansing/birth-center-services.aspx or call 517-975-7300.

About McLaren Greater Lansing

McLaren Greater Lansing and McLaren Orthopedic Hospital operate the region’s most distinguished cardiovascular and orthopedic surgery programs that—together with McLaren Greater Lansing’s oncology, women’s care and wide-ranging diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical services—consistently lead in clinical quality and efficiency. The hospitals are part of McLaren Health Care, mid-Michigan’s largest health care system. Visit mclaren.org/lansing.

About McLaren Health Care

McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, the state’s only proton therapy center, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 250,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the U.S. McLaren has 22,000 employees and more than 40,000 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving the entire Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan along with a portion of the Upper Peninsula. Learn more at mclaren.org.


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