An Australian doctor decided to brand his surgical cap with his name and occupation to let other people in the operation theatre know who he was. This helped in avoiding major confusion that came as a consequence of wearing surgical masks.
Operation theatres can be a messy and confusing place since the individuals cannot see each other’s faces. Many doctors have confessed that this issue led to several accidents and unauthorized practices.
Hence, in order to make the whole process seamless and promote patient safety an Australian doctor has inspired a life-saving global trend after revealing the reason why he decided to start writing both his name and occupation on his scrub cap.
The Sydney-based anesthesiologist Dr. Rob Hackett explained that he had seen enough mistakes and delays at the hands of hospital staff to inspire him to take action. Talking about one of his experiences he said,
“I went to a cardiac arrest in a theatre where there were about 20 people in the room. I struggled to even ask to be passed some gloves because the person I was pointing to thought I was pointing to the person behind them.”
To remedy these identity issues, Hackett began wearing his scrub cap with his name and profession spelled out clearly on the front.
Unfortunately, like every new thing, this trend also received some backlash but soon other doctors realized how useful the hack was and started following the trend.
“There were some snide remarks, like ‘can’t you remember your name?’ It’s so much easier to coordinate when you know everyone’s names," Hackett said. "It’s great for camaraderie and it’s great for patients as well.”
Not only do the caps prevent miss-identification in the operating room, but they also humanizes doctors, showing their patients that there are real people beneath those caps and masks.
Soon after, Hackett decided to create an online campaign to spread the word to even more medical staff around the world.
I double dare everyone who works in theatre to show their support for #patientsafety - wear a theatre cap with your name & role on and post it on social media #TheatreCapChallenge https://t.co/Kv03iQOHwa pic.twitter.com/OnSSpOYVGs— Rob Hackett (@patientsafe3) August 26, 2020
Talking about the challenge, the doctor said,
“The #TheatreCapChallenge is an initiative from the PatientSafe Network in response to concerns about how easily avoidable mistakes and poor communication are contributing to rising adverse events for our medical patients. It has been adopted around the world with studies from the US and UK demonstrating how this simple idea can decrease human errors in healthcare.”
Since then, many doctors around the world are following the trend.
However, the campaign hasn't been entirely without push-back, particularly from medical officials higher up in command.
Nevertheless, sooner or later more doctors will comply.
Article Source: Diply