Saturday, July 18, 2009
Ranking Shoes: New Theatre
In antiquity the higher the sandal strapping worn on the leg represented the higher rank of the soldier. In modern times this distinction has been replaced with coded insignia. However if you visit the theatre staff at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, WA you might see something similar. Staffs feel when kitted out head to toe in surgical scrubs it is difficult to tell at a glance who’s who. Keen to express their personalities individuals have taken to wear colourful hats and shoes such as Crocs, Dunlop Volleys and Birkenstocks. Now provided the choice of footwear meets occupational health and safety guidelines, doctors and nurses can shod to choice. Shoes must be non slip washable and within infection protocols. Colour however is a matter of personal choice.