Infant Security - Infant Switching
It's estimated that approximately 10 infants are abducted and more
than 20,000 accidental infant switches occur in U.S. hospitals each
Nearly all of the infants that are accidentally
given to a wrong mother are quickly recovered in the hospital, but
if the wrong mother breastfeeds the infant; then whatever that
mother had (STD, hepatitis or just the flu) could be transmitted to
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of
Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) now defines both infant abduction
AND infant switching as a Sentinel Event. A hospital that fails to
provide an appropriate response to the occurrence of such an event
risks the loss of its JCAHO accreditation.
* Reported by: The National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children, NBC Nightly News, NBC Dateline, TIME magazine,
Parenting Magazine, The Washington Post and numerous other
television and print media.
Here to See How KidMatch Works!
Accidental Infant Switching Protection
The traditional practice of visually checking I.D. numbers on the infant's
and the mother's bracelet usually works, but accidents do happen. Staff gets busy, numbers
can be transposed, things happen.
The KidMATCH system "requires" hospital staff to use a KidMATCH Barcode
Reader each time they bring the infant to the mother's room. If a match, then an audible
tune (lullaby) is heard by all present. If a mismatch, then an alarm sounds so the infant
is NOT given to the wrong mother.
Once a "match" is performed the Reader will automatically store the date, time
and type of match information. The match data for any infant can be easily recalled to
obtain a high-integrity Medical/ Legal Record that documents the infant matches with
his/her mother at birth, throughout the hospital stay and at discharge.
Infant Abduction Protection
We believe the best security actively involves people rather than relying solely on
equipment. KidMATCH is a people-oriented system that involves everyone in the room.
Although infant abductions are rare, nearly all occur when the mother voluntarily gives up
her infant to an abductor who is masquerading as hospital staff.
The KidMATCH system "requires" hospital staff to use the KidMATCH Barcode
Reader each time they take the infant from the mother's room. Everyone knows - NO TUNE, NO
BABY! Even if the mother is tired and groggy, it is easy for her to ask: "I want to
hear the tune".
The KidMATCH system also provides an extensive Marketing Assistance Program for the
hospital to tell the community that it takes infant security very seriously. We believe an
abductor will think twice about trying to take an infant from a hospital that has an
infant security system.
Easy to Use
The use of the KidMATCH requires minimal, if any, change from current protocol.
Clinicians put on the mother/infant bracelets, just like they normally do. Clinicians
discard the bracelets at discharge or can send the family home with the bracelets, just
like they normally do.
KidMATCH may even simplify nurse tasks. The snug-fit bracelet can be tightened, by
simply pulling on the loose end, but it can't be loosened because it is uni-directional.
Clinicians won't have to try and read the I.D. numbers on the bracelets in low light
conditions. Clinicians won't have to hand document "match" information on the
patient's chart. Clinicians won't have to worry about whether the numbers were
accidentally read wrong, transposed or written down wrong. KidMATCH is for single use
only so there is no need to reprocess anything or worry about cross contamination.
Scanning a barcode is fast, easy and requires a minimal skill level. It is a proven,
reliable system that has been used for years in almost every industry.
The KidMATCH system can provide a high integrity Medical/Legal Record for each infant.
The Medical/Legal record can be produced by the hospital, on site, at any time.
The Medical/Legal record can be a printed hardcopy and/or be archived by the hospital for
future reference. Each record details the date, time and type of match. The hospital can
- The infant was given to the right mother at birth.
- The infant was always "matched" with the right mother during the hospital
- If an accident occurred, it was resolved BEFORE it became a potential problem.
- The infant was discharged from the hospital with the right mother.
- The record will also document the matches between the infant and "whatever" the
hospital wants to match to the infant.
Marketing Assistance Program
The Marketing Assistance Program can be used by the hospital to demonstrate its concern
about infant security to the community.
It should help attract patients to the hospital because parents do have a choice on where
to have their baby. Parents are concerned about security and the KidMATCH program can
help make parents feel comfortable and secure.
The Marketing Assistance Program also "tells" a potential abductor that you take
infant security very seriously and they should think twice before selecting your hospital
as their crime site.
A manager can easily determine if the clinicians on a particular shift are properly
matching infants and mothers by "spot" reviewing an Infant's KidMATCH Record.
If the Record shows no matches where there should be some or few matches where there
should be more; then the manager knows a problem needs to be addressed.
The Infant's Record WILL NOT identify the particular clinicians(s) who are not performing
the task; so no one has to worry that the system is out to "get" them.
The Record can be used to "fix the problem" rather than assign blame. The
manager can use the information to remind all the nurses that they need to be sure they
perform the "match" function.
Match "whatever" to the
The KidMATCH system also offers optional Collateral Stickers that match an infant's
The hospital can now match whatever they want to a specific infant. For example, the
hospital can "sticker" milk bottles in the NICU to make sure that a neonate will
only receive his/her mother's milk.
Comforting to Parents
Parents do have a choice on where to have their baby, even under managed care, and they
are concerned about their infant's security.
Each time KidMATCH correctly matches mom with her baby, she and everyone else in the
room hear the KidMATCH Reader play a lullaby. Almost everyone thinks the lullaby is cute
A mother is not sick when she comes to a hospital to have a baby and she usually wants to
have some degree of control over the entire process. The mother knows that even if she is
tired and groggy, she and anyone else in the room can ask for and then hear the KidMATCH
Install on the Hospital's Computer
The KidMATCH Software and Upload Station is only required if the hospital wants the
optional Medical/Legal Record (for each infant). The software and upload station is used
to automatically transfer the match data from the hand-held Reader to a computer system.
The KidMATCH Software can be easily loaded onto the hospital's network system and any
workstation can be selected to utilize the KidMATCH Program. Talon provides a blanket
license for each hospital.
The hospital can also load the KidMATCH Software on a stand-alone computer if so
Low Cost - High Value
KidMATCH has a low capital and disposable cost that is in line with the associated risk
of an infant abduction or accidental infant switching.
KidMATCH has a typical capital
cost of less than $10,000 per hospital and a disposable cost of less than $5 per family.
KidMATCH provides a lot of value for a very reasonable price. The hospital obtains
Infant Abduction Protection, Accidental Infant Switching Protection, a High-Integrity
Medical/Legal Record and a Marketing Assistance Program to let the community know that you
take infant security seriously and to help attract patients to your hospital.
KidMATCH may also help the hospital from incurring a catastrophic type of expense
associated with either an infant abduction or an accidental infant switching event. The
expense of not having a system could include: loss of business from bad press, the cost of
litigation or a settlement and lifetime testing of an infant and the mother in the case of
a switching event.
U.S. Patent# 5,423,574 and 5,608,382.