Advancing Patient Care | Ag Cur Cúram Othar Chun Cinn
Beaumont medics improvise to lift patients’ spirits
Doctors and nurses treating Covid-19 patients at Beaumont Hospital have introduced an innovative way to show patients the faces of the people who are providing care. They are sticking print-outs of their faces to their personal protective equipment (PPE).
They say the initiative, which started earlier this week, is a way of allowing patients to see the person behind the PPE.
“We want to provide the best possible environment for our patients,” said consultant respiratory physician Dr Ross Morgan.
“We have been wearing PPE for a number of days now, but it obviously meant that our patients couldn’t see our faces behind our masks.
“So yesterday I took a photo on my phone, printed it out and we stuck it on.
“The initial feedback from patients, seeing a face, was really positive. You could see the light in their eyes and it lifted their spirits, without a doubt.”
The print-outs are being seen as an extension of the global #hellomynameis campaign, which encouraged healthcare staff to introduce themselves to patients.
Dr Morgan explained that his team are treating patients “pre and post-ICU”.
“We have a particularly high burden of Covid-19 patients in our hospital,” he said.
“But I can assure you that the efforts everyone on the outside is making with following the social distancing and stay at home guidelines are paying dividends.”
Some cookies are necessary for us to manage how our website behaves while other optional, or non-necessary, cookies help us to analyse website usage. You can Accept All or Reject All optional cookies or control individual cookie types below.
Analytical cookies are used to understand how visitors interact with the website. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.
The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookie stores information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to recognize unique visitors.
This cookie is installed by Google Universal Analytics to restrain request rate and thus limit the collection of data on high traffic sites.
Installed by Google Analytics, _gid cookie stores information on how visitors use a website, while also creating an analytics report of the website's performance. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously.
YouTube sets this cookie via embedded youtube-videos and registers anonymous statistical data.
Vimeo installs this cookie to collect tracking information by setting a unique ID to embed videos to the website.
YouTube sets this cookie to store the video preferences of the user using embedded YouTube video.