Feature Christmas 2012: Lives of Doctors

Is it time for an evidence based uniform for doctors?

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8286 (Published 18 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8286

Re: Is it time for an evidence based uniform for doctors?

Clement is to be congratulated on the development of a prototype new uniform for surgeons and others in a hospital environment.

Aside from how one might encourage its uptake, I have one concern about the inclusion of a cape. While Clement describes this as for "additional protection for Care And Protection Exposure prone procedures", a noted authority[1] has pointed out the health and safety disadvantages of such capes. She noted that even the best fabric is prone to being snagged on sharp or dangerous objects or being drawn into turbines or machinery, with significant adverse outcomes for the wearer. As such, I would suggest: "no capes!"

1. Edna Mode, fashion designer to superheroes, in "The Incredibles": Disney Pixar (2004).

Competing interests: No competing interests

30 December 2012
Philip Pearson
Consultant Respiratory Physician
Plymouth Hospitals
Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
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