February 27, 2020

Mayo Clinic introduces new infant safety technology

By Karl Oestreich

WEAU Eau Claire
by Katrina Henning

Mayo Clinic Health System introduced a newborn foot scanner that will not only give mothers a keepsake, but also help police identify missing children. The CertaScan foot scanner will be used to create an image of the newborn’s foot, which is as unique as a fingerprint. This was offered on paper, but is now digitally available. When something happens to a child or they go missing, the scans can be used to identify the child. Parents and, if needed, police, are given a secure password to access their newborn’s footprint.

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Context: Mayo Clinic Health System recently installed a new, innovative infant safety system at its birth centers in Barron, Eau Claire and Menomonie. The system allows the hospitals to capture high-resolution newborn footprints that can be used for precise identification in situations, such as an abduction or lost baby.

The system replaces the ink and paper method of capturing babies’ footprints.

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Contact: Dan Lea

Tags: CertaScan foot scanner, infant safety, Mayo Clinic Health System, Uncategorized, WEAU-TV Eau Claire

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