Hospital Policy Standards

All of our products comply with national (eg ACORN) and International Policy Standards.

We’ve highlighted policy as indicated by Scarlett McNally (1) - Surgeon and council member of the Royal College of Surgeons UK:

  • Each staff member having at least three hats, to allow for laundry rotation
  • The name may be first name or surname or both. The role should be stated.
  • A new hat should be worn daily, or changed more often if contaminated
  • Dirty Theatre Caps should be transported separately from clean Theatre Caps
  • The Theatre Caps should be washed at 60C or at 40C and tumble-dried or dried on a washing line in sunlight and iron

 

At theatrecaps.com we produce the highest quality products at the best possible price.

Through our detailed understanding of policy standards (see below) we work to ensure all of our products comply.

Collaborative statement from ACS, AORN, ASA, APIC, AST and AJC - Feb 2018 (2).

 

ACORN Standards as relates to reusable theatre caps - review by Dr Rhys Thomas (3).

ACORN Standards as relates to reusable theatre caps - review by Dr Rob Hackett (4).

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists actively support the use of reusable hats in their Statement on Environmental Sustainability in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine Practice – PS64: (5)

All available evidence to date demonstrates no difference in surgical site infection rates when comparing reusable versus disposable theatre hats:

‘There is no association between the type of surgical hat worn and the incidence of postoperative wound events.’ (6)
‘Mandatory Change From Surgical Skull Caps to Bouffant Caps Among Operating Room Personnel Does Not Reduce Surgical Site Infections in Class I Surgical Cases.’ (7)
‘When compared to cloth skull caps, disposable bouffants had greater permeability, greater particulate contamination, and greater passive microbial shed.’ (8)
‘Attending surgeon preference for bouffant vs skull cap does not significantly impact SSI rates after accounting for surgical procedure type.’ (9)
Implementation of the AORN guidelines has not decreased SSIs and has increased healthcare costs. (10)
Laundering of hospital staff uniforms at home (11).