Using Hospital Visitor Passes to Improve Security in Care Facilities

Using Hospital Visitor Passes To Improve Security In Care Facilities

Many hospitals and healthcare centers have several points of entry through which visitors can enter during normal business hours. For the sake of patient safety and staff safety, visitors to your building should ideally be identified in a way that legitimizes their presence during the time they spend in the facility. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this task is to establish manned stations that issue hospital visitor passes at points of entry to your facility.

Security Options for Hospital Visitor Passes

To help protect healthcare staff and patients from troublesome visitors, hospitals and healthcare centers can invest in visitor passes that are designed with security in mind. Over the years, several news stories have emerged about nefarious healthcare facility visitors causing trouble for staff and patients after they enter the facility and access restricted hallways. To help prevent this situation, care facilities can use visitor passes that feature the following five characteristics.

1. Logo and Name of Care Facility

One of the easiest way to keep visitors to your building from producing fake visitor passes is to order hospital visitor passes that prominently feature the name and logo of your facility, in addition to a space for visitors’ names. Compared to standard visitor passes that feature no special design format, these types of passes are hard to fake and thus help prevent duplicity.

2. Colors for Days of the Week

Another way to keep unwelcome visitors out of your facility is to issue hospital visitor passes that are color coded for different days of the week. Monday’s passes can have a green outline around visitors’ names, Tuesday’s passes can have a yellow outline, and so forth. To prevent visitors from reusing passes instead of requesting new ones, see option four listed below.

3. Colors for Different Areas

In addition to color coding passes for different days of the week, you can color code them for different areas of your building. For example, visitors entering the maternity ward on Monday could wear passes with a green outline and a pink background, visitors to the psychiatric ward on Tuesday could wear passes with a yellow outline and a green background, and so forth.

4. Time Sensitive Pass Design

Color coding hospital visitor passes for different days of the week and different building may sound like a good idea, but what’s to prevent people from reusing passes to enter areas of your facility on days when they don’t have permission? One way to prevent circumnavigate problem is to use time-sensitive visitor passes that change colors after a certain period of time elapses. If you use this helpful option, just be sure that your passes change to a color that doesn’t match color codes for days of the week or color codes for accessing restricted areas of the facility.

5. Name of the Visitor in Print

Most visitor passes for healthcare buildings and other types of facilities contain the name of the visitor in handwritten black marker -- a common aspect of visitor passes that essentially makes them easier to fake. If your facility has a label printing system that can be used to print more than medication labels, why not use it to print the name of visitors on their respective visitor passes? Taking this extra measure is a good way to prevent visitor passes from being falsified.

Order Your Hospital Visitor Passes Today

As many hospitals and healthcare facilities have discovered the hard way, improperly identifying visitors can literally open the door for trouble causers to enter the building. If nefarious visitors cause injury to your organization’s medical staff or patients, the organization could end up on the receiving end of a liability lawsuit. To help prevent this catastrophic situation, Shamrock Labels offers visitor passes that feature the characteristics above, among others.

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