Communication in the operating room is enhanced by knowing everyone’s names and roles. This is challenging among different disciplines. Name badges can be small, flipped, and concealed by personal protective equipment. A labeled scrub cap may make name and role more readable from a distance (fig.). Role clarity and addressing individuals by name enhance communication, teamwork, and patient safety. Role clarity may also promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. For example, women were 20% less likely to be thought of as surgeons by patients. In an anesthesiology care team model, role confusion can sometimes be misleading to patients and medical professionals.

At our hospital, each team member received several labeled caps to allow for laundering and a clean cap to be worn in the perioperative area. Although there was previous concern regarding head coverings and infection risk, multiple organizations, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists (Schaumburg, Illinois), The...

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