Guarding Against Kidnapping in Nurseries
We have all heard of newborns being kidnapped from a hospital. It is a rare occurrence, but it does happen. To avoid worrying about your baby being snatched out of the nursery crib, simply ask the charge nurse to review with you the hospital's policy for providing security. Here is what should be in place:
* The unit should be locked, with video surveillance cameras in the nursery and all exit corridors.
* There should be electronic access locks for authorized personnel only.
* Access should be limited to those staff members who have a reason to be in the maternity unit.
* There should be an alarm system that triggers whenever the doors open without authorized access.
* The doors to the nursery should have electronic locks permitting access only to those who have special identification cards.
* The alarm should cause all security personnel to close all hospital exits and seal off the building until the all-clear signal is given.