Theatre Caps for NHS

As the world is plunging into the second wave of COVID-19 and we are bracing ourselves for the impact with the deadly virus – our team at Eastbourne District General Hospital is working tirelessly to keep the essential operations going as well as looking after the increasing number of COVID ‘+’ patients!

My name is Dr Iryna Rybinkina and I’m an Anaesthetist at ESHT! I would like to collect the money to buy 100 theatre hats ( engraved with our names and roles – as seen on a photo of me here) to boost patient safety and the morale of our team! Help me raise the funds and make our hospital safer and better!

I listed a couple of facts why it is important to do so:

General communication errors
• 70% of adverse events related to communication errors
• Communication failures in 30% of theatre team exchanges, 1/3 of which lead to inefficiency and increased tension

Staff misidentification
• Numerous cases of adversity including death from wrong blood transfusion.
• 4 out of 5 female doctors report being misidentified Increased staff engagement through knowing names
• Cocktail party effect
• Hearing one’s own name has unique brain functioning activation
• A person’s name, to that person, is the sweetest and most important sound in any language.

Difficulty for staff to recall names
• Even when not distracted humans only remember 30% of names after first introduction then we readily forget them
• Social stress-induced cortisol elevation acutely impairs social memory in humans.
• Humans poor at remembering names good at remembering faces
• Surgeons only knew 44% of names
• Even after time out introductions performed 25% of surgeons did not know the scrub nurses name and 30% of surgeons did not know the anaesthetists name
• Number of different combinations of team coming together to manage an obstetric emergency 381 million
• BJA – name recall worst in Emergency theatres Studies indicating benefit in using names for communication

Knowing and recognising team members by name has been quantitatively and qualitatively associated with increased trust, work engagement and clinical improvement.

Studies have shown that knowing the names of other team members greatly improves prevention of adverse outcomes.

Only 32% of communications during paediatric resuscitation were directed (ie at a named individual). This significantly inhibits the performance of closed loop communication. Orders completed using closed loop communication were performed 3.6 times sooner than those completed using open loop communication.

Environmental impact: theatre hospital discards approximately 100,000 disposable theatre hats every year. These hats are made from viscose – a substance whose production is particularly harmful to the environment.

Please help me raise funds to support such an important initiative!

Thank you very much!

Kind regards,



Iryna Rybinkina

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