When hospital staff are in full scrubs, their faces are almost completely covered by their caps and face masks, with their eyes and eyebrows uncovered between the two.
To solve this problem, a doctor in Sydney, Australia, Rob Hackett, had a good idea writing his name on the hat. He didn't expect this idea to be recognized by colleagues soon. So, Rob launched a campaign called "TheatreCapChallenge" to encourage medical staff to write their names and roles in surgery on their hats. The TheatreCapChallenge is in response to concerns about how easily avoidable mistakes and poor communication are contributing to rising bad events for our patients.
This is done to let patients feel the doctor’s human interest. “We need to nurture a culture which allows us to redesign our healthcare institutions. We need to develop systems which reduce mistakes and minimize them from causing harm when they inevitably occur.”
“I went to a cardiac arrest in a theatre where there were about 20 people in the room,” Dr. Rob Hackett said. “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.” Dr. Hackett said the campaign has been met with some pushback, usually, by the senior hospital staff. Rob thought this was a symptom of inertia in the health system towards change.
But now it has been adopted around the world with studies from the US and the UK proving how this simple idea can decrease human mistakes in healthcare. Any move that would improve coordination among operating room teams was worth doing.