Hats for Sats

IMG-20160802-WA0008 Name: Adam Capek 

Event: Hats for Sats – Glasgow Royal Infirmary 

Date: July 2016

Amount raised: £645  


Over the years Lifebox has received incredible support from the anaesthesia community so we were delighted to receive an email from Adam Capek, an anaesthetist at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary about his department’s unique ‘Hats for Sats’ fundraising event. This novel idea brought team members together and raised funds to support colleagues around the world.

We caught up with Adam recently and this is what we learned.

What motivated you to support Lifebox?

Lifebox is a fantastic charity which has been well publicised in the anaesthetic community and is therefore a natural choice for which to fundraise. Everyone working in a theatre environment can see the value of the work of Lifebox, and for all of the shortages within the NHS we can recognise how fortunate we are in terms of basic equipment. To provide a core level of monitoring to theatres worldwide is an aim which can only be supported.

This is a really unique idea, how did you come up with it?

A few of us at work were discussing that in other countries everyone wears their own theatre hats but in this country we normally go for the plain disposable ones. After a while we thought that we could provide some light relief for the theatre teams in our hospital by encouraging each other to wear silly hats while raising some money at the same time. The name “Hats for Sats” was born a few days later after a long weekend on-call!

What have you gained from leading this fundraising effort?

It has been incredibly rewarding seeing members of all parts of the theatre team joining in with this common cause. In particular the staff in the recovery room have taken it upon themselves to sell the hats even though they are the one group who rarely wear theatre hats themselves.  Not only that but the huge generosity shown by the Caduce Collection in supplying these hats has shown that there is undoubtedly still a spirit of charity in the UK.

What does safe anaesthesia mean to you?

The specialty of anaesthetics seems to be at the heart of patient safety throughout the world.  In better funded countries this has been taken to not only avoid major intra-operative disasters but also to reduce morbidity throughout the patient’s hospital stay by fine-tuning each aspect of their care.  At the most basic level however we should be able to allow surgery to proceed without the anaesthetic itself endangering the life of the patient and basic monitoring is central to that. There is still a generation of anaesthetists in this country who can remember giving an anaesthetic without saturation monitoring but those individuals would not dream of doing so now. Every patient no matter where they are in the world deserves the same right.