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Update: Woman Who Abducted Newborn Sentenced to 18 Years

Posted by Chris Konicek on Jul 10, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Several months ago we wrote a blog highlighting the devastating case of a woman who kidnapped a newborn from a Florida medical center and raised her as her own child for 19 years. She dressed in scrubs to disguise herself as a nurse, took the baby from the mother’s room just 8 hours after its birth, put the baby in a bag and fled.

In June she was sentenced to 18 years in prison for her crime after an emotional hearing. The kidnapped girl, now 19, asked for leniency for the only mother she has known. Meanwhile, the biological mother, who never stopped thinking about her baby or celebrating her birthday, said the abductor deserved a death sentence after the horrific ordeal she and her entire family had experienced for years.

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Topics: Hospital, News, Cuddles

Why Hospitals (and Their Nurses) Love Cuddles

Posted by Chris Konicek on Jun 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM

It takes as little as 4 seconds for an abductor to leave a room with a baby and make an exit. That leaves little to no time for this person to be detected and stopped which is why you should never miss an opportunity to keep the babies in your care safe. Leverage the best in infant protection systems with Cuddles as your solution for ensuring that every tiny little bundle of joy stays safe and comfortable within the confines of your hospital.

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Topics: Cuddles, Hospital

Recent Abduction Attempt Sheds Light on Need for Infant Protection Systems

Posted by Chris Konicek on May 10, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Infant abduction from a healthcare facility can happen in seconds, despite standard security measures and staffs’ best intentions. Just last month, a woman was arrested for breaking and entering into a North Carolina hospital.

The woman was denied entry at the front desk, but found another way to sneak in and enter the maternity ward. No babies were harmed, as staff realized she didn’t have a visitor’s badge and called the police immediately. Authorities believe the woman was attempting similar break-ins at various North and South Carolina hospitals, with the intention of abducting a baby.

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Topics: Cuddles, Hospital, News

Protect Your Hospital From Lurking Predators

Posted by Chris Konicek on Feb 19, 2018 8:47:27 AM

The maternity ward in a hospital is a place full of joy and love, where parents spend their first moments and days with their newborn. Unfortunately, hospitals must also be aware of potential danger lurking. Newborn babies are susceptible to kidnapping, especially if the facility doesn’t have the proper precautions in place.

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Topics: Cuddles, Hospital, News

Putting Patient Care and Comfort First

Posted by Accutech on Aug 28, 2017 11:03:03 AM

From the moment a patient enters your facility, their safety, comfort, and care are what matter most. But all too often patient safety means more time managing a system and less time focusing on your patients—and it shouldn’t. Patient safety should be simple. A good security solution should allow nurses and staff to provide the best care for their patients and impose little to no disruptions to a patient’s day-to-day care.

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Topics: Hospital, Cuddles, ResidentGuard, Senior Living

Less Risk, More Freedoms with Waterproof Tags

Posted by Accutech on Jul 18, 2017 7:12:09 AM

Your patients are your focus, and while safety is a priority you also want to make sure they have freedoms and comforts. It’s easy to take every day activities for granted, but for your patients these little things mean the most. Tag-Band-Waterproof-2400.jpgSomething that sounds simple, like taking a bath, isn’t as simple for a resident or patient who needs assistance and monitoring. With a sophisticated security band on their wrist while bathing, in therapy pools, or submerged in water in general can pose an issue. Condensation can be a real concern within the tag, and a wet or damaged tag can mean compromised security as well as unnecessary expenditures. 

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Topics: Cuddles, Hospital, News, ResidentGuard, Senior Living

Introducing Automatic Tag Transfers: Gain Flexibility and Enhanced Security

Posted by Chris Konicek on Jul 7, 2017 10:18:27 AM

It’s your job to know where your patients are and that they are safe, secure, and well-cared for. Maybe you run a senior-living facility where “at-risk” residents desire to move freely but need to be protected. Or you oversee a pediatric floor where children may get up and wander freely. Or maybe you work on an obstetric floor where infant abduction and baby-mother mismatch are still potential threats. No matter who your patient is—senior, child, or infant—we know you want them to be in the best of hands when they are in your care. That’s why we strive to provide you with the leading RFID-enabled products to keep any patient safe.

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Topics: Cuddles, Hospital, Kidz, News

Learn About Cuddles From Nurses Like You at AWHONN

Posted by Chris Konicek on Jun 6, 2017 4:01:16 PM

We know you want to provide the very best care for your patients. That’s why you’ve taken the unique opportunity to grow and learn at the 2017 AWHONN Annual Conference in New Orleans June 24-27. We’re excited to be there with you to share our appreciation for what you do every day – and show you how we may be able to make it just a little bit easier.

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Topics: Cuddles, News

8 Things to Think About When Choosing Your Infant Protection System

Posted by Chris Konicek on Apr 3, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Bringing a baby into the world is a joyous event. But the threat of infant abduction is still a very real one. “A report in the United States by the Federal Bureau of Investigation found that 68.1% of infant abductions occur in hospital.” Since 1983, 132 infant abductions have occurred in hospitals, whether in the mother’s room, the nursery, or the pediatric floor. And abductors can be anyone (relatives or complete strangers) or impersonate anyone (nurses, babysitters, social workers, etc.). While no one wants to ponder the chances of this happening, having a comprehensive plan to keep newborns safe between birth and departure is a must for any pediatric or obstetric floor.

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Topics: Cuddles, Hospital

7 Ways Cuddles Stands Above The Rest

Posted by Chris Konicek on Mar 20, 2017 2:00:00 PM

From the moment their baby is born, parents rely on you to keep their infants safe and secure. Unfortunately, infant abduction is still a very real threat which makes your choice of infant protection system of utmost importance. Protecting newborn patients is a high priority and choosing the right system to guarantee their protection is as well. Here are seven ways that the Cuddles infant protection system stands apart from other systems that claim to offer the same protection.

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Topics: Cuddles, Hospital