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3 Ways Badge Buddies Can Enhance Your Healthcare ID Program

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 5, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Modern healthcare facilities are busy places. 

Each facility has dozens of different staff members, from doctors and nurses to technicians and maintenance staff, on-site at any given time. 

It's no surprise, of course, that healthcare is one of the most heavily regulated industries when it comes to identification programs and visitor policies.

With that in mind, a post on how a hospital or clinic needs good ID cards would be preaching to the choir: if you're a healthcare facility with no identification program, chances are the government has already come calling for you.

Instead, we wanted to point out ways to make your ID program better: by using Badge Buddies!

Those in the healthcare industry are probably at least somewhat familiar with Badge Buddies, even if they aren't known by name. 

"Those things with the letters that go behind our ID badges," you say.

Yup! Those are them. And while Badge Buddies are perfect for simple, effective role recognition, they can also be used to do so much more.

How can Badge Buddies make your healthcare ID program better?

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Topics: healthcare, badge buddies, custom badge buddies, healthcare tips

3 Steps You Can Take to Increase Hospital Security

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 3, 2018 10:00:00 AM

When you see the headline, it feels like a bad case of déjà vu. Unfortunately, it's reality: violent incidents have put hospital security practices back in the news.

Last week, a psychiatric patient attempted to strangle a nurse at Montreal General hospital in Montreal, Quebec.

According to the Montreal Gazette, a 25-year-old patient attacked a nurse during the night shift, choking her with his bare hands and throwing her to the floor.

Thankfully, the attack was stopped by a staff member who, by chance, walked by the nurse's station, saw the commotion and stepped in.

The narratives that emerged after the incident were pretty familiar: the nurses and doctors blamed the administration for insufficient staffing, the administration blamed the security providers, the security providers blamed the administration.

Remarkably, that wasn't the only recent incident north of the border: a mental-health patient stabbed a fellow patient at an Ontario hospital back in late August.

There are similar themes in all of these incidents: budgets were cut and decisions were made without taking security into consideration.

Safety, not budget, should be the real bottom line

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Topics: Visitor Management, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management

The Twist-Free B-Reel®: Healthcare's Favorite Badge Reel [Video]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 28, 2018 12:30:00 PM

In healthcare, identification is key. Having proper identification helps patients feel more at ease, allowing them to know the name and title of the person providing care.

Many states require ID badges to be worn at all times, and most individual healthcare organizations have some kind of ID badge policy in place. 

When wearing an ID badge, the badge must be facing front at all times, or else it's pretty much just an employee wearing a white card.

Don't display card backs! You can keep your ID badge facing front using the same method currently employed by many healthcare facilities around the country: by using the twist-free B-Reel badge reel.

See how the B-Reel keeps your ID card facing front at all times

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Topics: twist-free badge reel, card accessories, badge reel, healthcare

Violence in Healthcare Continues to Escalate, Polls Show

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Spend some time talking to doctors, nurses and other healthcare personnel about issues of safety and security at today's hospitals and medical centers.

In all likelihood, you'll walk away from the conversation with an unsettling conclusion: the situation is far from under control, and is actually getting worse.

Pundits and industry experts have a number of different theories on why there's been such an increase in these violent incidents.

Some say it's due to an increase in the number of patients with mental health issues using standard facilities or due to tightened budgets leading to less money to spend on security.

Others think the incidents have always been occurring, and that an increased focus on security in today's "breaking news" social media climate has only served as a way to bring them to light.

Whatever the impetus for the increase may be, there's no denying that the increase is real. Recent polls have confirmed that, with some sobering statistics.

68% of one area's healthcare workers said what?

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Topics: Visitor Management, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management, healthcare security

3 Keys to an Effective Hospital Safety & Security Program

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Unfortunately, it's a frightening reality: violent incidents are occurring at healthcare facilities with an increasing degree of frequency.

While most hospitals and medical centers took an interest in security in the past, today's climate has made a stronger focus on security an essential part of any healthcare facility.

There's only one problem: adding a comprehensive security system to a hospital can be an overwhelming undertaking due to the number of things that need to be taken into consideration.

Making a healthcare facility more secure is a lot more complex than, say, securing a small office building.

At the office building, adding a security guard to the front desk and some locks to the doors should be enough, as most offices aren't dealing with dangerous/controlled substances and there won't be many visitors coming and going.

It's a very different story at a hospital, however.

On the average day, visitors come to see patients, pharmaceutical representatives visit doctors and there's staff changeover with interns coming and going or physicians visiting from other hospitals.

It gets chaotic pretty quickly. So how do you cut through the noise and find that perfect, effective hospital security plan?

Focus on three distinct areas

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Topics: Visitor Management, access control, hospital security, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management, healthcare security, hospital ID badges

4 Ways to Improve a Hospital Visitor Program

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 10, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Visiting a loved one in the hospital can be a stressful experience.

With the exception of going to see a newborn baby, a hospital visit is rarely a happy occasion. Hospital visitors are often pretty stressed out, and it's not hard to see why.

While you don't want to add any unnecessary obstacles to a visitors' path toward seeing their loved ones, it's still important for healthcare facilities to screen all guests, for both staff and patient safety.

However, it's equally important to ensure that your hospital Visitor Management solution doesn't cause anxiety or increase stress for your guests.

To put it simply, you want your Visitor Management solution to work, without putting undue duress on the guests.

Learn how to make things easier on your guests

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Topics: Visitor Management, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management, visitor management systems

What is HL7 & Why Is It Important for Healthcare Visitor Management?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 21, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Like most heavily regulated bodies, the healthcare industry is full of important acronyms.

Many of these acronyms are terms most people will be familiar with, like HIPAA, RN, CNA and HMO. Those are healthcare acronyms the majority of people have encountered at one point or another.

However, one of the more important healthcare acronyms is one that the average patient or hospital visitor has probably never heard before:

HL7.

If you're thinking "what the heck is that?", you're not alone.

Unless you work for a hospital in some sort of administrative, IT or security capacity, chances are you've never encountered the term.

However, HL7 is something that is key to nearly every healthcare facility, and plays a particularly important role in healthcare Visitor Management.

What is HL7?

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Topics: Visitor Management, PassagePoint, healthcare regulations, HL7, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management

The Hospital Dilemma: Balancing Security & A Welcoming Atmosphere

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 11, 2017 1:00:00 PM

On the surface, it seems like the ultimate contradiction: you want to welcome guests and make it easy for them to visit while also having security measures, like a Visitor management system, in place that are strict enough to keep your facility safe.

It seems impossible, like you're asking to go swimming without getting wet. Some things simply don't go together.

This is the safety dilemma faced by many large organizations on a daily basis, but one industry finds this to be a particularly vexing problem: healthcare.

Running a successful hospital comes with a long list of requirements, among them two that directly clash: welcoming guests and patients while also keeping security tight.

As we've discussed before, hospitals are, unfortunately, fertile grounds for violent incidents.

Whether it's a disgruntled spouse, a former patient holding a grudge or a family member blaming a doctor for the death of a loved one, hospitals are filled with a powder keg of emotion on a daily basis.

With an environment that is so emotionally charged, it would make sense to strictly limit the number of people allowed on site; however, a facility that discourages guests is a facility that isn't going to have much success.

The solution is clear: hospitals must find the happy medium between security and easy visitor access.

But how?

Security and welcoming guests don't need to be mutually exclusive

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Topics: Visitor Management, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management, building security, healthcare security

Why LogoClips Are the Perfect Way to Carry a Healthcare ID Badge [Image]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 1, 2017 3:00:00 PM

It's no secret that the world of healthcare has its fair share of unique identification and security challenges.

From how to choose the right Visitor Management system to how to design that perfect employee badge for doctors or nurses, questions about healthcare ID and safety are plentiful.

However, there are also aspects of a healthcare ID program that move beyond mere questions and are instead essentials, namely a good ID card and a good way to carry and display that card.

In many parts of the country, patient-facing healthcare workers are required by law to wear an ID badge with their name and photo.

These policies exist for a number of reasons. ID badges foster a more friendly environment in the facility by allowing patients to know the name of the person who is providing care. They also bolster security by positively identifying authorized personnel, helping decrease the likelihood of impostors.

The fact that ID badges are a requirement means that, by relation, having a way to wear those ID badges becomes a de facto requirement as well.

With so many card-carrying options out there, is one option really that much better than another?

Yes, actually.

Customizable, convenient and easy

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Topics: healthcare, healthcare ID tips, logoclips, id card holders

3 Reasons Why Visitor Management Is of Extra Importance in Healthcare

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 26, 2017 1:00:00 PM

We've spent a lot of time in this blog talking about why Visitor Management is important for sites of all kinds.

While the specifics may vary depending on the industry, the basis of every Visitor Management system is the desire to keep a site and its personnel safe from harm.

This desire applies to all kinds of worksites, from hospitals to factories and everything in between.

However, it's not a stretch to say that Visitor Management is a little more important for overall safety and security in a few industries. Healthcare is one of those industries.

We recently discussed calls for increased safety at healthcare facilities and how a good Visitor Management system goes a long way toward achieving that goal of increased safety.

You may be wondering, "what makes healthcare so different? Isn't building safety basically the same everywhere?"

While it's true that there are common threads between site safety at all kinds of workplaces, there are unique aspects of healthcare facilities that make the need for hospital Visitor Management a little more pressing.

The unique safety challenges hospitals face

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Topics: Visitor Management, hospital security, guest safety, facility safety, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management, hospital visitor management

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