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Create Your Own Badge Buddy with This Free Online Template

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During the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, healthcare workers often appeared on television news segments; they were interviewed about their work while wearing their uniforms, and you would usually see a form of identification either hanging from lanyards or clipped to their scrubs. This identification system is called a badge buddy, and it serves various purposes in healthcare settings.

The Badge Buddy

Badge buddies are the result of various laws and regulations promulgated at the state level for the purpose of quickly and easily identifying healthcare personnel. In Pennsylvania, for example, badge buddies became a requirement in healthcare facilities after state legislators passed HB 1482 in 2010. In essence, the law stipulated that all medical centers should design and maintain an identification system compliant with specific requirements such as displaying photos along with names and occupational titles printed in block letters.

Efforts similar to HB 1482 in Pennsylvania are being adopted by lawmakers in many other states, and law firms that focus on medical practice believe that badge buddies could become either federal or uniform laws in the near future. Other states that have thus far implemented mandatory badge buddy regulations for healthcare facilities include Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and Oregon; once the number of states adopting such regulations is equivalent to one-quarter of American jurisdictions, it is safe to assume that they will become federal or uniform law.

Customized Badge Buddies For Every Industry

Visible identification badges are standard for many professionals at various workplaces; however, unless they are subject to jurisdictional regulations, they may not always as functional as they should be. Many name badges in use these days are not easy to read because they were mostly designed to work like identification cards. In the case of badge buddies, they serve a different purpose because regulations clearly specify that healthcare facility workers should be easily identifiable to anyone at all times.

Badge buddies provide visible identification to supplement an existing photo ID card. They typically come pre-printed in a variety of healthcare titles such as a doctor, registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses; physical therapists, laboratory technicians, and other job titles can be easily included.

Meeting Healthcare Badge Needs

Specialist ID, a badge holder and accessory distributor located in South Florida, stocks a variety of pre-printed badge buddies. We understand that the healthcare industry is in constant need of compliance solutions, and we also know that pre-printed stock of badge buddies can only go so far; for this reason, we offer an easy-to-use online template that allows you to design and create the identification badges your healthcare business requires.

How To Create Your Own Badge Buddy

At Specialist ID, you have the opportunity to create your own badge buddy with no technical skills needed. Our browser-based template allows you to customize your badge buddy in just three steps:

* Choose between horizontal badge or vertical badge layouts.

* Select from 18 vibrant background colors.

* Type your own text with two lines available.

Specialist ID no longer requires a minimum order for custom printing badge buddies. Also, any of our custom-made products will require 10 to 14 business days to process. After that, you can expect to receive your custom badge buddies in 2-6 business days. This is something to keep in mind when placing your custom badge buddy just in case you need to meet a deadline.

Watch this video demonstration on how to order your custom Badge Buddy

Other Things To Consider When Designing Your Own Badge Buddy

You’ll find that in terms of wording, you’ll have more space with the horizontal template. While both templates can take on a considerable amount of text, you’ll find that the more you use, the smaller the font gets. It’s best to keep that in mind when creating your badge buddy. Be sure to review your state guidelines when designing the appearance of your ID badges.

Keep in mind why you wanted a badge buddy to begin with to provide visible identification. Our template allows you to enter up to two rows of text. So, it might be best to try to abbreviate the occupational title to keep the text as large as possible. If you wish, you can design the badge buddy to be placed underneath existing ID cards; since the badges are printed on both sides, name and role recognition will remain visible even if the badge is turned around.

The badges manufactured by Specialist ID are laminated with an extra durable coating material; they feature a punched slot so that they can be immediately clipped. We carry a full line of items and accessories to make your identification system more functional and efficient. Feel free to browse our catalog so that you can evaluate badge holders, reels, lanyards, and stethoscope tags. We also carry visitor management items as well as card printing supplies.

As a wholesale distributor, we can offer generous discounts on our custom badge buddies. With a minimum order of 25 units, you can save at least 4%. Depending on how many badge buddy units you order, your discount could be as generous as 34% off the purchase price. Place your online badge buddy order today, or contact us through our online form if you have any questions.

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