Friday, 2 February 2018

Podcast - the Theatre Cap Challenge

It seems like a simple patient safety intervention, but the "Theatre Cap Challenge" is a stark reminder that the culture of patient safety has so much progress to make.

Rob Hackett, a Sydney Anaesthetist, recently introduced the initiative, where theatre staff write their name and role on their "theatre cap".  The intervention aims to address a basic flaw in healthcare teams - we often don't know who the other members of our teams are.

Rob promoted the idea on social media, posting images of himself with his named cap.  The posts went viral and his ideas were featured in major newspapers around the globe.

Somewhat surprisingly though, the idea has found resistance, even in his own workplaces, highlighting the difficulty healthcare has in adopting patient safety concepts

I recorded this fascinating podcast with Rob as he explores some of these issues.