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Archive June 2020 XXI, No. 6

Ideas That Work: Made With Love

Homemade Surgical Caps Are a Big Hit

Kristen Dirksen, RN, AND
ARTS AND CAPS Kristen Dirksen, RN, AND (right), gifts caps to her colleagues to add color and personality to the OR.

I’m known for crafting surgical caps made of bright colorful fabric and giving them to my colleagues as small gestures of how much I appreciate working with them. We’re covered in PPE from head to toe during surgery, so it’s fun to add a little color and personality to the sea of OR green. Inspiration struck while I was caring for a pediatric patient who was about to undergo an emergency appendectomy. The patient was inconsolable until I began to point out the animals on the cap of the anesthesia provider. To get me started, my coworker gave me a cap-making pattern made of blue wrap. I brought it home, pulled some fun patterns out of my fabric stash and started sewing. What began as a personal hobby to make a few caps for myself has evolved into me receiving requests from interested colleagues. During the COVID-19 outbreak, staff members outside of our surgical department began wearing reusable caps as an added layer of protection, so I recently made and donated 50 caps to the hospital for distribution. There are several templates to choose from on Etsy if you want to add a little fun and flair to your ORs (

Kristen Dirksen, RN, AND
Valley View Hospital
Glenwood Springs, Colo.

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