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Via Christi Hospital Hugs Baby Monitoring System

Via Christi Hospital has never had an infant abduction and hospital officials want to keep it that way.
PITTSBURG, KS.--- Abductions of infants doesn't happen often in the United States, however it does happen. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, most of them occur in health care facilities, such as hospitals. Via Christi Hospital has never had an infant abduction and hospital officials want to keep it that way. That's why they've installed state-of-the-art technology and safety methods to give parents the peace of mind their babies are safe.

"If they ever pass by an open elevator or an open door, alarms will sound," said Janelle Wade, Director of Women's Center. 

For Via Christi Hospital, the Hugs Baby Monitoring System uses top of the line technology to protect new born babies. The monitoring system consists of a bracelet that attaches to the baby's ankle or wrist. If the abducted child passes near a door, elevator, or out of the nursery, alarms will sound immediately alerting hospital staff.

"It senses heat and so it can tell whether it's too loose. It can tell if its been cut off. It allows the moms and the babies to travel throughout the whole unit," said Wade.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 256 infants were abducted between 1983 and 2008. 48% of those cases happened in hospitals. However, Via Christi Hospital says they're taking all the necessary precautions. 

"We do unplanned testing of the system a lot. We do planned testing of the system too. So we know the system works and works quite well," said Wade.

New mom, Amy McPherson, says it feels good to know her one-day-old baby Abigail is safe.

"It feels good because you know if it's safe for your baby to go down to the nursery or something at night, so you can sleep after going through labor all day and all night. It's reassuring knowing that she's going to be okay when she's down there," said Amy McPherson, New Mother. 

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