Newborns to get radio frequency identification tags at KMC

Safety first: The RFID tags will be issued to the newborn child and the mother.

Safety first: The RFID tags will be issued to the newborn child and the mother.   | Photo Credit: B. Jothi Ramalingam

This will prevent thefts at hospital, where 15-20 deliveries are conducted daily

In a few months, babies born in the Government Kilpauk Medical College (KMC) Hospital will get Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags.

With this, the hospital will join institutions such as the Government Kasturba Gandhi Hospital for Women and Children, Triplicane, and the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Government Hospital for Women and Children, Egmore, in introducing RFID tags to prevent theft of newborns.

Every day, 15 to 25 deliveries are conducted at KMC’s Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Newborn Care centre (CEmONC), said P. Vasanthamani, dean of KMC. “We have installed the RFID system, and are testing it now. This is as per the government policy to introduce RFID system in major delivery centres in the State. It will be formally launched at the KMC after certain rectifications are carried out following the trial period,” she said.

Photos of newborns

Under this system, photographs of newborns, their mothers and one attendant will be captured in the system, and tags will be issued for all three.

The RFID tag will be on the ankle of the newborn, while the mothers will get green ID tags, the attendants will get orange tags.

“We have installed signal devices that are accompanied by display screens at the entry and exit points of the maternity ward in the CEmONC centre. When a mother carries her newborn, the system will match them and display the photos. The colour of the display will be green. If the attendant is carrying the baby, the display colour will be orange. If a stranger is carrying the baby, the screen’s colour will turn red, and an alarm will be sounded,” she explained.

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