LEADING THE CHANGE
Warwick Med is leading the change from disposable theatre caps to reusable “name and role” cloth hats. These are already boosting staff morale and reducing patients’ anxiety as they enable everyone to identify the people around them, quickly and easily.
“The biggest difference I noticed was on Monday when people addressed me by my name a lot more than usual” “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” Dr Mruga Diwan, Royal Liverpool
Our mission is to improve communication among healthcare professionals and patients by sharing best practice and promoting the many benefits of our eco-friendly, personalised caps.
WE WON !
The North West Coast Research and Innovation Awards recognised outstanding work to improve health and care and find new and innovative ways to deliver services. We were kindly invited to attend the Northwest Coast Research and Innovation Awards 2022 at Edge Hill University. Liverpool University Hospital asked us to go along due to working so closely with them in implementing our embroidered theatre caps and I am delighted to say that this project won the SUSTAINABILITY AWARD 2022:
# Leading the change
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...
Many NHS Trusts have already implemented our Name & Role Hats successfully with their respective Infection Control Departments and we are happy to share their policies.
Maria Koijck is an autonomous artist, who has dedicated herself to increasing awareness, of the contamination of the earth, by making unique and remarkable sculptures and videos, from litter and used plastics. Demonstrating the masses of waste in a unique and eye-catching way, will hopefully strike a chord with people, so that they realise the detriment of the throw away society we have become, to try to influence positive changes.
Maria created this amazing video to demonstrate the vast number of plastic products, which was used in her very own operation. Maria had a breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. The procedure took ten hours and 15 people were involved: this is the result of the waste created by this one procedure.
AM I WORTH THIS
# GREEN NHS
At Warwick Med, we are trying to work towards a cleaner future and one of the many benefits of implementing our name and role hats is enabling a sustainable change to help towards making a greener 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. Wearers are instantly recognisable as a staff member, their role is clear and defined, with a first name to be addressed by.
“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).
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
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.
Short sleeved v-neck scrub warmup jacket
2 large-waist height hand pockets
One smaller ‘pen’ pocket at chest height
5 popper button fastenings down the front of the jacket
Protected by UK Registered Designs 6156363, 6156364.
The Results Are In..
The purpose of this review was to gather information from NHS hospital staff who have implemented or are planning to implement wearing cloth hats in the Theatre environment. The company wanted to explore the end user’s experience in the instigation and utilisation of cloth caps compared to disposable hats and demonstrate that they work well and pose no increase in infection rates or cross contamination.
#LEADING THE CHANGE
Not knowing who is behind the mask/hat can be intimidating and scary. Removing this barrier can turn the anonymity to 'familiar' which in itself creates a warmer, more friendly and approachable nature.
“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 colourful hats brighten up the department. Surgeons and patients appreciate the fact that these include the medics’ names and abbreviated roles, for example ODP or ODSW.
“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”.