Doctor Starts Life-Saving Movement by Simply Writing His Name on His Scrub Cap

There’s no doubt that doctors, surgeons, nurses, and other medical professionals deserve a medal for their life-saving work. However, the chaos of emergency care can lead to mistakes that could have been avoided. During his career, Sydney-based anesthetist Dr. Rob Hackett has witnessed delays in performing time-sensitive procedures on patients because doctors couldn't remember each other's names or professions. He’s also observed incidents where medical students were asked to do something they weren’t qualified to do because they were mistaken for qualified surgeons.

In a bid to fix common mix-ups in the operating room, Dr. Hackett decided to write his name and profession on his scrub cap. The simple idea not only reduces the chance of delays and miss-identification between colleagues, but it also shows patients that doctors are human too. In fact, Dr. Hackett felt his idea was so necessary to patient safety that he started an online campaign—under the hashtag #TheatreCapChallenge—to ask other doctors to do the same. The trend was slow to take off; but after a little over a year, Dr. Hackett’s life-saving idea is now being applied in hospitals all over the world.

“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 patients,” Dr. Hackett reveals. “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.”

Sydney based anesthetist Dr. Hackett decided to write his name and profession on his scrub cap to avoid communication issues in hospitals.

The simple idea has been shown to save valuable seconds in operating rooms (aka operating theatres) by reducing miss-identification between colleagues.

It also shows patients that doctors are human too.

Dr. Hackett began the #TheatreCapChallenge and now medical staff around the world are applying his idea.

Dr. Rob Hackett: Website | Twitter
h/t: [Bored Panda]

All images via Dr. Rob Hackett.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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