what will they think of next?

  1. having given birth to 3 daughters in less than a year('81-'82), i've since avoided l/d or nurseries like the proverbial plague! on may 9,2002- i was blessed /c my beloved granddaughter-morgan augusta!!!!! aint life grand??? on her umbilical cord, they'd applied a small plastic box that would alarm if she was taken from the birthing center. too cool! how long have these been used! daughter did great! a para-1 entered hosp dialated to 6 at 11a & delivered @ 4:05p! was fine till epidural wore off 4th degree tears & upset that she had to stay for 24hrs after baby's birth- not from when mom presented at hosp. enough gramma ranting- or i'd still be posting details tomorrow @ this time!! how long have these been used & are they used in all hosps? thanks, dharma
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  3. by   bagladyrn
    These, or variations that go on the ankle, have been used for some years in a large percentage of the hospitals I've worked in - and they are nifty- except when you do as I did, discharge a baby, stick the sensor in the pocket of your scrubs meaning to put it in the drawer when you get there, and then exit the unit without remembering! At that hospital I not only set off alarms, the system automatically locked the exits and shut off the elevators.
    Suffice to say I did not win any popularity contests that day!
    Congrats on your new granddaughter!
  4. by   l.rae
    Dharma...congrats....you are in for the time of your life!.....LR
  5. by   nrw350
    DAMN! Talk about your tight secruity!!!!

    This is a good thing.

  6. by   colleen10
    Hi Dharma,

    3 girls in less than a year! God Bless You and your new grandbaby!!!!!

    That is so cool, those little sensors. Didn't know they had those but I am glad because there was a post here about how some units have really lax security.

    Makes me feel better!
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Congrats Dharma! I am so happy for you!

    Increased security in hospitals in general, not just in mother/baby units, is on everyone's mind, not to mention JCAHO's. Expect more and more "high tech" methods and doo-dads. I still say the old-fashioned method of holding PARENTS equally RESPONSIBLE In the safety/security of their infants on postpartum floors is as good as any camera, noisy device, or locked door ever will be. Observant people are the best defense against abduction and parents must be partners in this! Where I work mothers and fathers-to-be sign statements reflecting their understanding of their responsiblities (along with those of the staff), in securing their babies while in the hospital.

    Anyhoo, congrats again to you! Way to go.