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Staff & Patient Safety - October 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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You created a worldwide movement when you wrote your name and clinical role on the front of your surgi- cal cap. What made you do it? I thought it would be a simple and effective way to improve communication and teamwork in the operating room, and shared the idea on social media. The initiative really gained momentum when a provider in the United Kingdom came up with the hashtag #TheatreCapChallenge, which went viral on Twitter. Surgical professionals from around the world have shared pictures of themselves wear- ing caps that note their names and positions. It's been incredible. What was the initial response to the idea? Very mixed. The greatest support came from patients and junior staff. The greatest resistance tended to be from those who have been in health care for many years and often have the clout. Their influence can be so great that it prevents those who want to make change happen — even when they know it's right — from actually proceed- ing with it. perate Where Everybody Knows Your Name O Robert Hackett, MD Anesthesiologist and inspiration of the #TheatreCapChallenge O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 7 7

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