Dr. Hackett (bottom center) said surgical staff often had their faces almost entirely obscured by scrubs and face masks – and the name tags prevented delay.
‘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.’
Most importantly, Dr. Hackett said the name tags helped clinicians out in often-critical moments.
The anesthetist said precious time was often lost when clinicians couldn’t remember the names of other people in the operating room.
He also recalled incidents where medical students were mistaken for qualified surgeons and asked to do something they weren’t qualified to do.
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Since he started the movement, Dr. Hackett said medical staff across the world had shared photos online showing their name and profession scrawled across their foreheads.
Medical staff, from surgeons to nurses and midwives, have taken to social media to share photos of themselves embracing the name tags.
The photos grew so popular the hashtag #TheatreCapChallenge was born.
Surgical staff from across Australia, the UK, US, South America and Europe have all embraced the challenge.
(Source: DailyMail UK)