San Gorgonio Hospital is ensuring that babies born in its care are as safe as possible.
A state-of-the-art infant monitoring system -- called the “Safe Place” -- has been installed to prevent an infant abduction or “code pink.” The system uses soft bands to track the newborns movements. Sensors are placed around the maternity ward and if a baby is taken near an exit, the doors lock automatically and an alarm is sounded.
The new technology was installed on July 26.
“This is one more step in protecting our kids from a Code Pink,” said Janis Jacobson, registered nurse, in a statement. “It gives people peace of mind, that there’s a safe hospital here in town. We have all these safeguards to keep their babies protected.”
The device was developed by nurses and allows for easy adjustability and has a variety of alarms and notifications, according to a hospital press release.
“These are great features for the future,” said Dan Mares, director of engineering.
Valerie Ramirez, who gave birth to her son David on July 24 at the hospital, was happy to have her son wear the Safe Place monitor.
“I had my first baby here,” Ramirez said. “I wish my first baby had had this monitor.”
“It’s comforting knowing that so many security measures are in place,” she added. “It’s a relief.”