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03.12.07

NewsChannel 10 Looks into Hospital Security

In light of the abduction... area hospitals are drilling staff and teaching patients key information about imposters.

Amarillo, Dalhart and Pampa, all have strict rules when it comes to caring for new moms and newborns.

And they should.

Because we found out nearly 60-percent of abductions take place from the mother's room in the hospital.

From the moment staff enter Coon Memorial Hospital in Dalhart...

Their eyes and ears are open to suspicious activity.

Should something happen...

"Code pink is announced over the intercoms employees have maps they know they are to go to specific areas of hospital examine all places where a baby could be placed," says Martha Wofford, Ph.D.

Cameras...

Keyless entry doors...

And several nurses...

Also keep this place in check.

Just as important...

"We talk about what is the typical abductor if there is such as thing ... they are often young, female, obese, frequently faked one or more pregnancies," she says.

At Pampa regional medical center...

Mothers are taught don't just hand your baby to anyone... even if they are wearing scrubs.

"They have to have a certain id on their badge to pass baby off to care," says Denise Daves.

And if its electronic security system somehow fails...

This place has backup.

"We have a plan we practice if someone gets through the security are that involves our entire hospital activating into an emergency response plan," she says.

Practices that take place at hospitals all over the area including Amarillo.

They may be acted out differently but the goal is the same...

Keep the little ones safe.

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