NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- How safe is your newborn at the hospital? In Texas Saturday, a woman reportedly stole a baby from a hospital by impersonating a nurse. She told the infant's mother she needed to take the baby for tests and then put the infant in her bag, removing the baby’s security bracelet and left the building. Could it happen here? Officials at New Hanover Regional Medical Center say their newborns are safe. The Director of Women’s and Children’s Services, Barbara Buechler said, "We have multiple measures in place to keep babies safe at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. We have 24 hour surveillance at all exits all exits are locked and only people with authorized badges can go in and out of the units.” The badges also protect patients and their new additions from imposters. Buechler said, "We tell our parents that every staff member in women’s and children's services has a pink and blue badge and no one in the hospital is authorized to take a baby or care for a baby that does not have a pink or blue badge." Hospital officials say the most important component of keeping babies safe is education for our family. The parents establish a relationship with their nurse, that way they know which staff member is the only one allowed to care for the baby. New Hanover Regional Medical Center will have an electronic banding system for babies when the new women's and children's hospital opens in 2008.
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