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Next to a white lab coat, a surgeon's cap is the most visible symbol of the profession. Surgeon caps, sometimes called hospital hats, aren't just for show. Whether made from reusable cloth or disposal paper, the cap is an important piece of medical attire designed to prevent contamination and reduce the risk of infection during invasive procedures, especially surgery. Since medical staff may wear their caps for many hours at a time, the design should be both sanitary and comfortable. Stocking an ample supply is crucial. A cap can only be used once before it must be discarded or laundered, and staff may need to use multiple caps during a single procedure if it becomes contaminated, so be sure your medical facility has enough to keep surgeons and all assisting staff covered.
Surgeon caps cover the scalp and hair, providing a barrier to prevent patient contact with microorganisms and bacteria found in the hair and skin. This common-sense medical accessory can reduce the risk of contamination during procedures and help maintain a sterile medical environment. Some hospitals require that a bouffant cap be worn over a surgeon cap to cover side burns and hair at the back of the neck.