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Hospitals to prevent theft of babies

(China Daily)

08:08, October 30, 2012

A newborn wears a security bracelet around his leg to keep him from being stolen from the maternity ward at the No 2 Hospital affiliated with Nanjing Medical University in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, on Friday Zhang Guoqiang / for China Daily

Hospitals in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, are using security bracelets to keep newborn babies from being stolen from the maternity ward.

Chu Zhiping, matron of the maternity department under the No 2 Hospital affiliated with Nanjing Medical University, said the security bracelet will sound an alarm if a baby is taken outside certain areas of the department.

"Warnings will also be shown on nurses' computers so they can immediately know which baby has been taken and take action together with the guards," Chu said.

She added that the bracelet, which contains all of the baby's information, such as health, mother's name and hospital-bed number, can be removed only by staff members.

"The bracelet will sound an alarm if other people try to untie or cut it off, and it's very safe for the baby to wear the bracelet because the radiation it produces is very low," Chu said.

No 2 Hospital has used the security bracelet since 2008. Other hospitals in the city have started using them or taken even stronger measures to prevent baby stealing.

Gulou Hospital has security guards on duty round-the-clock. Only two visitors at a time are allowed during visiting hours. Babies can be taken out of the hospital only if a discharge certificate is provided.

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