September 28, 2007 | | Comments 1
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ID badge content is mostly up to you

I was asked about whether there are any national standards that specify the contents of employee ID badges, and there are none that I know of.

Certainly The Joint Commission requires each organization to identify (as appropriate) “patients, staff, and other people entering the hospital’s facilities” (EC.2.10, EP #5), which, of course, leaves each organization the determination of “as appropriate.”

That said, you probably want to check your state public health regulations–frequently there are specific pieces of information that they require you to have available to patients via the ID badge (various name components, licensure, etc.). Also, as an added incentive, since the state folks are the ones usually tasked with CMS validation activities, it’s probably a good idea to make sure that you’re on their page.

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Steve MacArthur About the Author: Steve MacArthur is a safety consultant with The Greeley Company in Danvers, Mass. He brings more than 30 years of healthcare management and consulting experience to his work with hospitals, physician offices, and ambulatory care facilities across the country. He is the author of HCPro's Hospital Safety Director's Handbook and is contributing editor for Briefings on Hospital Safety. Contact Steve at stevemacsafetyspace@gmail.com.

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  1. The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) has developed a list of basic security guidelines which include ID. All of the guidelines may be found on the IAHSS web site. The guidelines cover the issues listed below. Check out the guidelines on the IAHSS website here:

    http://www.iahss.org/about_guidelines.asp

    The topics currently in the guidelines are listed below.

    01. PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
    01. Security Management Plan

    02. PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
    01. Security Administrator
    02. Violence in Healthcare
    03. Forensic Patient Security

    03. TRAINING
    01. Security Officer Training
    02. General Staff Security Orientation and Education

    04. INVESTIGATIONS
    (Under development for December 2007)

    05. DOCUMENTATION
    01. Security Incident Reporting

    06. PROGRAM MEASUREMENT/IMPROVEMENT
    (Under development for December 2007)

    07. ACCESS CONTROL
    01. Identification System

    08. PHYSICAL SECURITY
    01. Electronic Security Systems

    09. AREAS OF HIGHER RISK
    01. Security Sensitive Areas
    02. Infant Pediatric Security
    03. Security in the Emergency Care Setting

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