Newborn Baby Switch Prompts VRMC To Change Policy

By KBJR News 1

April 18, 2012 Updated Apr 18, 2012 at 5:39 PM CST

VIRGINIA, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---A newborn baby mix up at the Virginia Regional Medical Center has prompted the hospital to change its policies.

A VRMC nurse recently brought the wrong newborn to a mother to breastfeed.

The hospital's two step identification process failed.

The mother was transferred to a different room and the identification card with the mothers room number which follows the baby was not updated.

The nurse failed to check the identification number on the bracelets of both the child and mother.

The hospital CEO, Bill Smith says the card system is no longer in place.

VRMC is now adding a new audio bracelet identification technology called "Hugs and Kisses" that signals an alarm if a mix up happens.

"This is a human error," Smith said. "We are all human beings, we make mistakes. Nobody feels worse than the nurse involved. I'm pretty sure with this visual and audio system, down the road, it shouldn't happen again."

Smith says the baby was in the care of the wrong mother for no more than three minutes.

The husband of the mother told the hospital the she did breastfeed during that time.

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