Innovative Infant Safety System in place at Elliot Hospital

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MANCHESTER, NH – Elliot Hospital has recently installed a new and innovative Infant Safety System developed by CertaScan Technologies.

The proprietary system allows the hospital to capture high resolution newborn footprints which can be used for precise identification in situations like an abduction, lost baby or natural disaster. 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.

“We are so proud to be the first hospital in New Hampshire to bring this technology to families choosing us for the birth of their baby,” said Meaghan Smith, MSN, RN, Director, Pediatrics, Women’s and Children’s Services. “We hope the implementation of this technology will provide a greater sense of comfort to our patients and families knowing we are doing our very best to keep their baby’s safety and security a top priority throughout their stay with us at Elliot Hospital.”

The System is entirely safe for use on babies and provides outstanding footprint quality.  Nurses prefer the System because it 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. And, much like finger prints, foot prints are a biometric, unique to each baby, so they can be used for identification throughout a lifetime.

Each new mom at Elliot Hospital now receives a certificate of her newborn’s footprint during her stay.  When she returns home, she can visit www.firstfootprint.com to enhance the certificate with colors, different fonts and borders. She can also download a digital copy of her baby’s footprint.  These additional benefits are provided as a gift from Elliot Hospital and at no cost to moms.


About Elliot Health System, a member of SolutioNHealth – Elliot Health System is a non-profit organization serving the healthcare needs of the community since 1890. The largest provider of comprehensive healthcare services in Southern New Hampshire, Elliot Hospital, a 296-bed acute care facility and the first community hospital in the state, serves as the cornerstone of the health system.  Elliot is home to Manchester’s designated Regional Trauma Center, Elliot Breast Health Center, Elliot Urgent Care, a Level 3 Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Elliot Medical Group, Elliot Regional Cancer Center, Elliot Senior Health Center, Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire, 1-Day Surgery Center, Elliot Memory & Mobility Center, NH Arthritis Center, Elliot Retail Pharmacy, Elliot Medical Centers in Bedford, Londonderry, Hooksett, and The Elliot at River’s Edge.

For more information about any of Elliot’s services, call 669-5300 or visit www.elliothospital.org.