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October 07, 2015 // By Sally Sapega // Comments

Keeping Our Most Vulnerable Patients Safe

Measures that Matter // OB/GYN // Women's Health

Amber alert photoInfant abduction from a hospital is not a common event but when it happens, the results can be devastating. Most often, news reports highlight stories of babies taken by non-custodial family members, or by women or couples who are desperate to have a baby.  

In the last 20 years, only 132 infant abductions from a hospital occurred in this country.  But even one is too many.  That’s why the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania takes this crime so seriously, using a state-of-the-art electronic security system, trained staff, and yearly “Code Amber” drills to ensure the safety of its most vulnerable patients.

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