There are several things to consider when it comes to having your lab coat lettered. Most of the time, this is taken for granted. I think many professionals get used to letting their embroidery specialist handle their needs, and that is usually okay, but remember they work for you at the end of the day. Their suggestions are just that… suggestions. You need to keep a couple of things in mind before you have your lab coat lettered.
Choose the Right Font
For instance, the type of script you use is very important. Nothing is more frustrating to a patient then having a doctor or other healthcare professional come into the exam room wearing a lab coat that they cannot read. Make sure that the type of script you use is easily recognizable. You don’t want to get something too wispy or whimsical on the front of your coat. This might work for a logo, but if a patient is trying to read your name, or look at your credentials, this makes it very difficult. The type of font you use is very important, so make sure you convey that to your embroidery specialist before they get to work.
Make it Easy to Read
Also, the size of your font is important as well. It’s true, there are typical standards for having your name and title stitched on the front of your lab coat. However, if you are an eye doctor, you might consider getting your lab coat stitched in a font that is a bit larger and easier to read for your patients who have poor sight. It’s the little things like this that show you really care about what you do. Also, it should not cost you much more, if anything at all, to make the necessary adjustments.
Pay Attention to Placement
Finally, you want to make sure that placement is taken into consideration. Remember, it does no good to have your name and title stitched on your lab coat if your pens are tucked underneath obstructing the view. For this reason, you might want to consider getting a lab coat that has two breast pockets, or a breast pocket mounted on the opposite side of where you are going to have your name stitched. This keeps pens, pencils, and other doctor or medical gear out of the way; and makes it easier for your patients to read your name and recognize who you are.
Color it Correctly
On a side note, color should not be an issue, but we might need to mention it just to make sure. It is always a good move to have your name stitched using a color that is in direct contrast to your lab coat. Since most let coats are white, black or navy blue thread works very well for this. I would stay away from greens, yellows, and reds as they tend to put more strain on the eye. Those colors are great for scrubs, but for lettering, it’s usually best to stick to the basics.
By making sure you have the correct font, correct size, and correct placement of your name, you will immediately put yourself in a better position to take care of your patients. You won’t have to constantly refer to your name by pointing at your pocket as some professionals do. No, you can simply walk in, greet your patient, and get to work. Paying attention to these points will make sure that your lab coat is an asset, rather than a hindrance.