February 23, 1999
Web posted at: 2:20
p.m. EST (1920 GMT)
ORANGE, California (CNN) -- A new electronic security system for ensuring that newborn babies are never given to the wrong parents will be installed
at a Southern California hospital where two newborn boys were accidentally switched earlier this month.
St. Joseph Hospital announced on Monday that mothers and babies will wear encoded wrist bands that cannot be removed until a scanner makes sure
On February 14, new parents Iliana Bravo and Brian Lambert were allowed to leave the Orange County hospital with the wrong
child, while their son Aaron was given to another mother.
It was the other mother who first noticed the mistake.
The mix-up was not an isolated incident, but part of a systemwide problem, according to hospital president Larry Ainsworth.
He said there have been three other accidental switches in the last year, but the mistakes were straightened out before
the babies left the hospital. The two nurses responsible for February 14 incident have been fired.
The hospital is under investigation by California medical authorities for the baby switches.
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