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A Sydney based anaesthetist has described how he changed the surgery game forever after he wrote his name on his scrub cap to avoid mix-ups in the operating theatre.
Dr Rob Hackett was on the receiving end of a bit of piss taking when he made the decision, but after just a few months it's been taken up by medics across the globe, as it reduces the chance of delays and miss-identification between colleagues in the operating room.
If we want #patientsafety to improve we will need to support the introduction of #humanfactors solutions
Show your support #TheatreCapChallenge https://t.co/FkmJUOC8Cs pic.twitter.com/RTPVxTv912
- Rob Hackett (@patientsafe3) December 10, 2017
"There were some side remarks, like 'can't you remember your name?'" Dr Hackett told the Daily Mail.
"When you work across four or five hospitals and with hundreds of people, I'd say 75 per cent of staff I walk past I don't know their name. It's quite awkward.
"Last Friday 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."
It means that time lost when clinicians can't remember the names of other people in the operating room is now saved.
And it also means that medical students are no longer mistaken for qualified surgeons, and asked to do something they aren't qualified to do.
The change in attire has even proven so popular that doctors are being encouraged to show their support through the #TheatreCapChallenge hashtag, with surgical staff from across Australia, the UK, US, South America and Europe getting involved:
Aw the lovely Cassie now a midwife and one of my current students Carmel :thumbsup::two_hearts:#TheatreCapChallenge
- Sherrylynne Bebe (@BebeSherrylynne) November 30, 2017
Here goes!! #inittogether #TheatreCapChallenge :mortar_board:⛑:tophat: @jaynecase8 @49klb @cassieturner82 pic.twitter.com/kdnIMiW3lQ
- Allison Whitehead (@allyclare1) November 29, 2017
#TheatreCapChallenge we accept and our anaesthetic and obs teams are on board 2 @LancsHospitals @becca_jo_ @FWmaternity @WhoseShoes pic.twitter.com/NtnTeZ6CdI
- emma louise gornall (@emmal201) December 1, 2017
This is my happy #TheatreCapChallenge face :laughing::thumbsup: pic.twitter.com/qC7wAzioGT
- Alison Brindle (@AlisonBrindle) December 1, 2017
Beth knows the importance of names and roles for communication, teamwork & #patientsafety
She also has 2 rolls of tape#BeLikeBeth #TheatreCapChallenge pic.twitter.com/fujmDhSVUo
- Rob Hackett (@patientsafe3) December 8, 2017
Surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses and midwives are donning cranial name tags in an effort to improve safety and reassure patients #TheatreCapChallenge What do you think? https://t.co/TmIcc0kfCW
- AMA Media (@ama_media) December 12, 2017
Sometime the simplest ideas are the best.
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