Prince Court Medical Center uses RFID tagging system to ensure correct mother-infant matching

New Sunday Times, news article (summary), January 2, 2011:

Prince Court Medical Centre (PCMC, Malaysia) is using a radio frequency tagging system to prevent infant abduction and baby mix-ups. The hospital’s business development and corporate affairs director, Dr. Junaidi Ismail, explained how the system works. Newborn babies and their mothers wear matching electronic tags. An alarm will be triggered if a nurse accidentally hands a baby over to a wrong mother or if a baby is taken out of the security or monitored zone. All system transactions, including admission and discharge, are password-controlled with time and date logged. The Health Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, is pleased that PCMC has implemented the system and he wants to see how effective it is in the long run.

Cruez AF. Foolproof method to avert baby mix-ups. New Sunday Times (Malaysia) 2011 January 2: Main section: 4.

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