Safeguard Their Tomorrows– The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is an authority on the abduction of infants from birthing and healthcare facilities and the home. NCMEC estimates that up to 10 infants are abducted from these locations each year, although more abductions may go unreported and many more failed abduction attempts are likely. Although infant abductions are rare, The Joint Commission considers abduction a sentinel event that has a devastating and lasting impact on parents, nursing and hospital staff, law enforcement, and the community. Fortunately, infant abduction is considered preventable, prompting the NCMEC to promote education and awareness about this issue. Implementation of security measures is key, and nurses play an important role in educating parents about the possibility of infant abduction. Nurses and other hospital staff will benefit from education that makes them aware of the scope of the problem, the profile of a potential infant abductor, and security measures that reduce the risk of infant abduction.
Identify the behavioral profile of an infant abductor and detect a potential infant abductor.
Discuss topics to include when educating parents about infant abduction.
Identify infant abduction trends in healthcare facilities.
Describe methods for preventing, recognizing, and documenting an infant abduction or attempted abduction.
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