In many professions, wearing a badge is necessary, and in some occupations, it is mandated by law. An ID card or badge enables your clients or other people to recognize your profession and know your name. Moreover, most of these cards are RFID enabled and act as a key to various doors and areas with restricted access.

In a busy place like a hospital, security and identification become a major concern. This makes it necessary for every staff, patient, and visitor to wear an identification badge.

ID badges provide an extra layer of security as everyone is screened and identified before entering the premises.

However, your name is written in small text on your ID card, which makes it difficult for people to recognize your department or profession at a glance. This is when badge buddies become necessary.

These are laminated accessories that act as a holster to your ID card and have an extended plastic that displays your profession or department in an abbreviated form. It makes it easier for your colleagues or other people to recognize your department since it is highlighted.

Here are some different types of ID badges used in a Hospital.

Staff ID badge

In most hospitals, the hospital staff must wear their badge at all times. It enables visitors or patients to identify and interact with them quickly. This also makes it easier for the security to staff to identify the employees visually.

Badge Buddies in a hospital

Healthcare Visitor Badge

Such badges are issued to visitors such as medical representatives, students, vendors, maintenance, work-related personnel, etc. These badges are issued temporarily to the visitors by hospital administrative staff at the reception. The badge is only issued after checking their ID and documenting their basic information.

It prevents unauthorized personnel from entering the premises and enhances the overall security of the hospital.

Restricted Access Badge

When guests visit a patient in the hospital, they are issued a temporary badge that restricts their access from some restricted regions. This restriction is necessary to ensure other patients’ safety or keep unauthorized people away from areas where the drugs are stored to prevent any misuse.

Time badges

It is common for a hospital to have most of the staff working part-time or in rotational shifts. These workers are usually paid on an hourly basis. This makes it essential to keep a record of their punch-in and out times. So, RFID attendance badges are provided to such staff to record their attendance and hours spent in a shift which assists in accurate payroll. Moreover, it helps the hospital management even to restrict their access to some highly secure areas.

Some hospitals even have their meal coupon badges, whereas some hospitals use color-coded wristbands for identification. In emergency situations, it becomes difficult to identify each person by reading their ID cards; thus, incorporating a color coded badge buddy adds to the convenience.

Easy to identify from a distance

When you use a badge buddy, it makes it more convenient for your patients or other hospital staff to recognize you. If you have these cards color-coded, then it makes it even easier for the patients or staff to identify you even from a distance. In a hospital, time is of the essence, and you can not waste a single moment. Thus it eliminates the time to identify as one can see the bold colors along with the highlighted text.

Easy to Display

The badges are easy to display as they clip onto your existing badge and lanyards, making them even more convenient. You simply have to place your current ID card over the badge buddy, and the extended part will simply display your color code and department for easier recognition.

Quick Role Recognition

Working in a hospital is a high-pressure job, and with the use of badge buddies, you can recognize the people that work in your department or differentiate between nurses, resident doctors, and other administrative staff. Moreover, it makes your patients feel safe when they are in a vulnerable state, as they can quickly identify. Assigning separate colors to various departments adds an extra layer of convenience in identification.

Without proper identification badges, it becomes challenging to manage a large number of doctors, nurses, and other staff as it becomes difficult to identify and verify the identity of personnel. Assigning proper badges to various departments helps to adhere to the hospitals’ security protocols and helps keep a record of attendance and shift timings.


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