Imagine the shock of seeing your surgeon preparing to cut you open while his name and position are written across his forehead.
Does this guy not know his own name?
But a move spearheaded by Sydney anaesthetist Dr Rob Hackett has seen surgical teams across the nation – and the world – do just that.
All of them are showing up to theatre with their surgical masks below surgical caps emblazoned with names and titles like: “Rob … Anaesthetist”.
“You look a little daft because not everyone is doing it,” Dr Hackett told The Sydney Morning Herald. He’s also likely been the subject of several jibes from coworkers and patients alike.
— Rob Hackett (@patientsafe3) December 12, 2017
But, six months on from his signature surgical hat debut, and several others have followed suit.
It’s all in the name of safety, with the purpose of reducing the risk of misidentification during surgery and minimising delays – we’ve all had that moment of thinking ‘what is that person’s name again’ and (usually) they’re not even wearing surgical masks.
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“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,” Hackett told The Sydney Morning Herald.