Del. hospitals use footprint technology to help identify missing infants

In Delaware, some hospitals are taking additional steps to protect some of our most vulnerable groups children.

Hospitals like Milford Memorial and Kent General are using new technology to make it easier for families to identify infants in the event that they go missing. Nurses use an electric scanner to create an online profile of the baby, which includes a picture of their face, the baby's footprint and the fingerprints of the mother.

All of this information is then entered into a national database that helps locate missing children.

"If anything, a baby should be lost or stolen they can take that information and have the footprints right on hand and can be given to the police department or FBI," says Lisa Blake, the Clinical Coordinator at Kent General.

Officials say the costs are covered by the hospital and parents get a free copy of the baby's profile.  

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