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Labelling Saves Lives​​

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Embracing an innovative culture in Farrer Park Hospital (FPH), our staff initiated the #TheatreCapChallenge to enhance patient safety. 

Originating from the U.S, the #TheatreCapChallenge aids in reducing communication error and staff misidentification by the simple move of labelling one’s name and role on the operating theatre cap. This implementation improves communication and familiarity amongst multi-disciplinary team through better name retention and teamwork in the operating theatres. 

Johns Hopkins Medicine research revealed that preventable medical errors are identified to be the third leading cause of death in the U.S., resulting in over 250,000 deaths yearly from medical oversights. Although the World Health Organization’s surgical safety checklist requires operating theatres to abide that all staff introduce themselves prior to surgery, there are still room for human errors in identification during a strenuous operation. 

According to Qual Saf Health Care research, communication failures occur in nearly 30% of operating team exchanges in theatre and a third of these have immediate effects such as causing inefficiency and tension.  

The early adoption of this fresh yet practical #TheatreCapChallenge in FPH will contribute to strengthened trust, work engagement and clinical improvement within teams while ensuring patient safety. 

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Farrer Park Hospital

Daphne Kwee
Corporate Communications
Tel: +65 67052769
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Jasmine Kin
Corporate Communications
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About Farrer Park Hospital

Farrer Park Hospital is Singapore’s newest private tertiary institution. This 220 bedded facility is located directly above Farrer Park MRT station. The hospital’s care philosophy extends beyond healing and the management of disease, to engaging patients as partners in the pursuit of good health. Patients are treated by an experienced team of medical and health specialists in an environment meticulously designed to maximize comfort and efficiency while promoting well-being, rest and recovery.

The hospital’s services and facilities support a full range of surgical and medical procedures as well as treatments. Patients are accommodated in four floors of inpatient suites with a range of room sizes and privacy levels to match patient’s preferences and comfort levels. The hospital is part of Connexion – A unique facility designed by healthcare practitioners and hoteliers that delivers the experience of an integrated lifestyle hub for healthcare and wellness. The building houses a specialist medical centre and a five-star hotel and spa. Farrer Park Hospital is part of Singapore-based The Farrer Park Company.

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