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Healthier Me: Hotel-Style Locks Help Keep Babies Safe at Birthing Center

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Sanford Health is beefing up security for babies in their nurseries. And, one of the newest tools is something familiar to people who have stayed in a hotel recently.

Infant security is a serious concern these days. The smallest patients in a hospital can be most at risk, and that is why extra precautions are now in place at Sanford's birthing center.
Patient rooms are now equipped with hotel-style locks. This allows mom & baby to be secure in their rooms. The new mom is able to give "key cards" for entry to visitors she'd like to have unlimited access to her room. Moms are also encouraged to spend those first precious hours with their newborn baby in their secure rooms.

Janet Drechsel is the director of Women's Services at Sanford Health. She says, "unfortunately infant security is something we need to worry about." Drechsel adds, "we prefer not to think about it, but over the past year we have made some changes."

Sanford Health added new security locks, similar to hotel-style locks, so that women have full control over who enters their rooms.

In addition to the key cards that the parents get, guests at the Family Birth Center have to check-in upon arrival and get a visitor's badge.  Also, elevator access  is available only through the main entrance elevator - this helps ensure only guests of the patients and their new babies are in the secure space. 


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