INOVATION: Like checklists, anything to make it safer

Rabble-rousing surgical staff wear their names on their caps to stop mix-ups and improve patient safety
Kate Aubusson

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Dr Rob Hackett was met with smirks and confused, occasionally derisive, looks when he started turning up to surgeries with his name and profession emblazoned in bold black typeface across his scrub cap.

“Rob … Anaesthetist”, his forehead announced to colleagues and patients alike.

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When I first read about the effect of using to checklist in preventing surgical agents, I thought that was a great breakthrough.

This can rank right up there.

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