October 2007, Volume 37 Number 10 , p 20 - 22
Miller, Randy S. RN, C, BS, MSN
Randy S. Miller has a background in maternal-newborn nursing. Currently she's student coordinator at Orlando (Fla.) Regional Healthcare and an adjunct instructor in the College of Nursing at the University of Central Florida, also in Orlando.
A WOMAN DISGUISED in scrubs walked out of a hospital in Texas with a baby hidden in her purse last March. Fortunately, police found the infant and returned her to her parents the next day. Such infant abductions from hospitals are rare (accounting for only 0.5% of all sentinel events reported to The Joint Commission 1 ), so you may never be involved in this kind of incident. Even so, 116 infants were abducted from hospitals between 1983 and 2004, 2 so staff members in any facility caring for infants must be aware of the threat.
The good news is that most infant abductions are avoidable. In this article, I'll tell you how infant abductions can be prevented when facilities institute ...