Why Medical Professionals Are Writing Names On Their Caps
Noelle Talmon 12/27/2017
Most people recognize surgeons by their standard uniform - scrubs. They're typically pale green or blue, and everyone looks the same when they're wearing them.
While they're not very stylish, they are critical in a sterile environment to ensure the safety of both the patient and the surgical staff.
Rob Hackett, a doctor from Sydney, Australia, got some ribbing from his colleagues when he decided to make a minor change to the surgical hats he wears when in the operating room.
Rob decided to put his name and the type of doctor he is in bold black characters. It reads:
"Rob . Aneasthetist."
A few members of his staff were perplexed by his idea. He told The Sydney Morning Herald:
"There were some side remarks, like 'can't you remember your name?'"
But his tiny concept has made a huge difference. When clinicians can't recall each other's names, it can waste valuable time during a critical case.
The lack of recognition has caused some issues in the operating room. Rob explained how he was treating a person who had had cardiac arrest and about 20 medical personnel were in the room. There was some confusion when he asked for assistance:
"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."
The name tags are also helpful because surgeons and their staff are practically unrecognizable in their scrubs and facial masks, which can be embarrassing for colleagues. Rob noted to The Sydney Morning Herald:
"I'd say 75 per cent of staff I walk past I don't know their name. It's quite awkward."
There have also been times when people have mistaken medical students for surgeons.
Fast forward six months and surgical staffs around the world have started embracing the practice. Surgeons, nurses, midwives and other medical personnel are sharing photos of themselves wearing their spruced-up surgical hats.
The hashtag #TheatreCapChallenge has turned into a movement. (In countries such as Australia, the operating room is referred to as an operating theater.)
This is an example of one man's idea that is saving lives around the world.