No more newborn babies to be stolen, lost, or misplaced in Abu Dhabi as a result of applying a new infant tagging system. SEHA Health system and Johns Hopkins Medicine International introduced this system called “Hugs and Kisses” and it’s now available at the Corniche Hospital. Once the baby is born, a bracelet is slipped onto his/her ankle while a corresponding tag is placed on the mother’s wrist. So, without prior authorization newborn babies won’t be removed from their specific place.
Then matching between the mother and her baby is confirmed by an electronic signal. In case of mismatched tags, an alarm to alert staff members. “The planning and purchasing of this system was initiated in the summer of 2010. There has never been baby abduction at Corniche Hospital. Patient Safety is our top priority, and this system allows us to utilize reliable technologies to ensure the safety of our patients and their newborns” said George Yacoub, chief executive officer who led the project alongside Sultan Al Mansouri, project leader and IT manager.
Ronald Lavater, Chief Executive Officer of Corniche Hospital, commented “The tagging system is used in some of the best maternity hospitals in the United States and Europe. We are proud to be the first medical center to bring it to mothers and babies of Abu Dhabi. Our hospital is dedicated to providing exceptional healthcare services. The new tagging system is in line with international best practice, and is yet another step in our commitment to patient-centered care”.