And it all boils down to something very personal.
Going to a hospital can be a traumatic experience — even when it’s for a happy occasion like welcoming a new baby into the world. With all the complex medical terms and the sterile scrubs worn by staff, it’s no wonder that patients and medical professionals seem worlds apart. But thanks to an ingenious and really simple idea by Australian anesthetist, Dr. Rob Hackett, patients are able to identify more with their caregivers — and lives are being saved because of that.
In a bid to end confusion in the operating theater, Hackett decided to write his name clearly on his cap, indicating his profession. So in the middle of surgery, each member of the staff could easily identify who he was. Now he’s challenging the medical profession to adopt this on a global scale through the #TheatreCapChallenge. This initiative, from the PatientSafe Network, addresses “concerns about how easily avoidable mistakes and poor communication are contributing to rising adverse events for our patients,” Dr. Hackett explained to Bored Panda.