WarwickMed are leading the change from disposable theatre caps to “reusable name and role hats”. We are already seeing positive outcomes with staff morale boosted......
The Positive Effects
“The colourful hats brighten up the department, surgeons and patients ask on abbreviated roles for example ODP or ODSW. It has been seen as a great communication tool and patients ...
It will come as no surprise that switching from disposable to reusable caps saves money, but it might surprise you just how much. Let’s look at an example in a couple of different ways.
"Globally it is believed that
medical errors kill more people than HIV, Malaria, and Tuberculosis, Combined"
For A Greener NHS
An average 20 theatre hospital would usually dispose of around a minimum of a 100,000 caps per year all going into landfill. Our hats will last for at least 3 years which can also at the end of their life be re-used (shredded and used as insulation for various things e.g. car doors) see how much you can divert from being sent to landfill here
“Medical errors in hospitals are the third leading cause of death in the United States, just behind heart disease and cancer. Globally it is believed that medical errors kill more people than HIV, Malaria, and Tuberculosis, combined”. (Patient safety network, 2020).
For A Safer NHS
There is a real power in using first names – hearing our name is proven to activate patterns in the brain which make us more alert and responsive...
There will also be factors raised due to infection control, who it is contained and how the hats PPE is transported to and from the home.
"Promoting Awareness For Patient Safety Throughout The NHS and Beyond"
“Double thumbs up, comfortable and environmentally friendly and in scenarios where we may be working with different teams i.e., in resus, on arrests on the ward etc, it improves communication”.
“The team huddle is all well and good in the morning, but I don’t remember everyone’s names and if we had named caps for everyone that would be great”
“It’s a good idea and helps to identify who is who”.
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