Help prevent badges from “walking away”

Posted by: Kenny Schiff on January 22, 2008

Vocera badges are specifically designed to be lightweight, comfortable to wear, and portable; however, all of
these advantages may make it easy for other departments to appropriate devices that don’t belong to them, or for users to inadvertently take devices of the facility.

The following are some basic asset tips for minimizing the number of Vocera devices that walk:

  1. Use visual queues
    • Label the badges with a unit identifier
    • Color code badges in areas with multiple units in a department. Vocera now offers 10 different options for badge covers (Translucent White, Black, Purple, Dark Blue, Pink, Green, Yellow, Aqua, Violet, Orange, Red)
  2. Prepare each unit (department) for badge storage
    • Identify the best location for devices – is there a locked area?
  3. Provide padded, locked return boxes at exit points
  4. Enforce the use of attachments
    • Prevents the pocketing of badges; eventually they would wind up at home or in the laundry
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