My state has recently banned the time-honored surgical cap,
|"Bouffant" is French for "doofus"|
Not only are the bouffant caps uncomfortable, I have now developed a severe allergy to them, making them unwearable. Now they say I must wear a full head/beard cover type cap in order to satisfy their requirements...REALLY?
|Head and beard cover even more uncomfortable than bouffant|
I would like to know who is personally responsible for this asinine rule so I can go to their office and give them a piece of my mind. My guess is someone who has nothing better to do and needs job security. Make a rule so that you have something to enforce, and "Violá!" A self justified existence.
I am writing not just for myself, but every surgeon in my hospital, most of whom are apoplectic, but do not have any recourse. We need recourse.
I appreciate your confiding in me, but I'm afraid you will be disappointed.
I feel your pain. You are not alone. We went through the same thing 5 or 6 years ago in my state. I was working as a surgical hospitalist at the time. Before the traditional paper scrub caps were thrown away, I stuck a box of them in my locker.
Because I operated mostly after hours, I wore them until I ran out. The bureaucrats would never inspect the OR after 3 p.m. or on a weekend. By the way, at that time I was shaving my head daily so hair was not an issue.
I hope you have read my blog post about rules without foundation, but if not here's the link. There are several interesting comments from readers about surgeon's caps.
Another post you should look at is "Does OR staff hair cause infections?" on my “Ask Skeptical Scalpel” blog. The comments are also worth reading. Here's the link.
Beyond sequestering as many normal caps as possible, I don't know what you can do. Since every surgeon is involved, maybe a march on the Department of Health would work, but I doubt it.
Your theory that people make rules like this simply to exert power and fortify their position is plausible.
Physicians need to regain some control over medicine. Alas, it may be too late.