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I don't know about the present technology or cross-infection issues, but
it is certainly not a new practice.  I have a copy of my own footprint on
a commemorative card made soon after I was born in 1944(!) at St. Francis
Hospital (no longer exists) in the Bronx, New York.

Denis Gaffney
On Wed, 9 Dec 1998, Haughney, Kathleen C wrote:

> My hospital is in the process of developing a policy on infant
> identification using footprinters.  We are aware that there are disposable
> footprinters such as those manufactured by Precision Dynamics Corporation,
> however the cost  is an issue. Does anyone know of similar products which
> use reusable ink pads? What is the risk of cross infection with such
> products?  We would assume that such risk is minimal as long as the skin of
> the infant's foot is intact and clean.
>
> We would appreciate any help with this query as the literature searches were
> fruitless and there were no responses when the question was posted to the
> infection control listserv.  Thank you in advance.
>
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