Did you know that name tags can be a breach of security? By law, health practitioners are required to have their first and last name displayed on their identification badges. However, this enables ill-intending patients to identify names, research medical staff, and threaten or harass healthcare employees. To decrease this risk, the Pennsylvania House Bill 1880 was proposed to allow medical staff to remove information from their name IDs.
Representative Keith Gillespie, sponsor of the bill, knows from experience that this issue is growing. In fact, the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety reports in the 2019 Healthcare Crime Survey that violence directed at employees by customers, clients, patients, students, inmates and others is increasing.
“During my 34 years as a first responder and hospital administrator, I was involved in physical confrontations on an almost daily basis. I’ve been gone from the healthcare arena for a number of years, and I’ve been told things have gotten much worse than they were during my tenure,” Gillespie said.
The healthcare industry is in need of heightened security due to the nature of the work. The bill has been sent to the Senate for consideration but there are steps that can be taken in the meantime.
That’s where we take action. Eagle Systems knows the threats to healthcare facilities and how to protect staff and medical professionals alike. We work with healthcare facilities to identify potential threats and mitigate them with on-site security officers. Read more about the proposed bill at “Proposed Bill Would Remove Surnames from Medical Staff ID Badges.”