CertaScan Digital Footprinting vs. Paper Footprinting
Technology has advanced and improved the medical field in many ways, but some wonder if products of the past were better than the technology of today. For example, does digital footprint scanning provide a value over ink and paper footprinting?
Accutech Healthcare Security Solutions offers a product for footprinting infants in hospitals called CertaScan. This advanced product produces a digital scan of an infant’s footprints, which can be beneficial for several reasons. The main reason to obtain infants’ footprints is for identification purposes. Fast, accurate identification of a newborn in the event of an emergency is essential to any hospital maternity ward or pediatric center.
Other advantages of digital scanning technology are described below.
Benefits of Digital Footprinting Over Ink and Paper Footprinting
- A digital footprint scan cannot be lost, destroyed, or damaged the way a paper footprint product can be.
- Digital footprinting can be shared easily between hospitals and with law enforcement in emergency situations, providing accurate identification within seconds when time is of the essence.
- Nurses are busy, and a footprint scanner cuts down on the time it takes to footprint a newborn (as little as 3 minutes compared to ink and paper which require 7 - 12 minutes)
- Digital scans are easier to take than paper and ink footprinting methods.
- Footprinting using CertaScan is much more accurate than paper and ink prints, and the image will not fade or deteriorate over time.
- If parents want a keepsake item, they can have access to the PDF version of their child’s footprints online. They can also share digital footprints with friends and family.
- Nurses who have used both digital infant footprint scanning and paper and ink footprinting methods prefer digital scans.
Honest Evaluation of Ink and Paper and Ink Footprinting Methods
The only real benefit to paper and ink footprinting is that the paper product can be used as a keepsake for a newborn; however, a digital footprint certificate can be viewed and shared online or printed if a memento is important to the family. Otherwise, paper and ink footprinting as a product is not valuable.
- Paper and ink footprinting methods can be messy, including requiring the removal of ink from the baby’s feet.
- A paper product can be damaged or lost, losing all value of the footprinting process.
- Paper footprinting is time-consuming when nurses could be spending that valuable time on other important medical tasks.
- Digital footprinting prevents the need for ink touching the delicate skin of newborns.
- Paper footprinting is not easy, as babies can squirm and move during the process, possibly causing the need for multiple attempts at obtaining footprints.
Value Proposition for Medical Professionals
Digital footprinting is a necessary upgrade from the paper and ink footprinting method of the past. A parent can easily footprint their child at home or take a clay mold for a keepsake item. They can also receive a copy of their baby’s digital scan in the form of a certificate, allowing them to still have a memento if they want one. When it comes to infant security, a reliable, safe, and effective method of footprinting is indispensable.
Securing infants at hospitals is what we do. Reach out to Accutech to learn more about our CertaScan digital footprinting product.
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