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St. Luke's Hospital Enhances Newborn Security with Digital Footprints

St. Luke's is the first and only hospital in the St. Louis area to offer this innovative technology
Chesterfield, Mo. , December 20, 2017

St. Luke’s Hospital is the first and only hospital in the St. Louis area to replace ink footprints with digital footprints to enhance security for newborns. 

The new infant safety system, developed by CertaScan, provides an extra layer of security by capturing and storing high resolution digital newborn footprints. These footprints can be used for precise identification in emergency situations.

“We’re always proactively looking for the best technology and processes to keep babies safe and give parents peace of mind,” said Christine M. Candio, RN, FACHE, St. Luke’s Hospital president and chief executive officer. “We’re proud to offer the community the latest technology in newborn security.”

The process is quick, painless and inkless, and it is entirely safe for babies and all users. The baby’s foot is placed on a small optical scanner which takes multiple scans in seconds and selects the highest quality image. The scanner uploads the digital footprint to the baby’s electronic medical record and CertaScan’s secure database.  

St. Luke’s gives parents a complimentary birth certificate with their baby’s footprints, and parents can download the digital footprints online to create additional keepsakes.

About St. Luke's Hospital:
St. Luke's Hospital is an independent, nonprofit healthcare provider committed to improving the quality of life for its patients and the community. Since its founding in 1866, St. Luke's has grown from a single hospital location to an advanced network of care. It provides personalized healthcare services in over 60 specialty areas at its 493-bed hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. and 143-bed St. Luke's Des Peres Hospital. It also offers more than 30 other locations across the greater St. Louis area, bringing quality healthcare services close to home. St. Luke's is nationally-recognized for quality care and consistently earns high patient satisfaction scores. In St. Louis, St. Luke's is the exclusive alliance provider for the nation's No. 1 heart hospital, Cleveland Clinic's Heart & Vascular Institute.


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