John Costello, MA, SLP, world-renowned speech language pathologist and presenter from Children's Hospital Boston has been working with us in developing the first and only evidence-based, patient-designed Picture Communication Board for patients unable to speak. We designed and tailored this communication board to reflect one-on-one patient interaction along with three years of research with non-verbal patients.
The E|Z Picture Board is used in over 1,500
hospitals throughout the US as well as healthcare facilities in Canada,
United Kingdom, Australia and India.
We recommend the boards be stocked in preoperative rooms for preoperative teaching, recovery rooms, ER's, ICU's, rehabilitation units, head and neck suites, nursing homes, hospices and general medicine units where there may be patients who are unable to verbally communicate or cannot speak English.
We also recommend the boards be made available through your interpreter/translation department for non-English speaking patients.
Simple Implementation Strategies:
Include communication boards as part of preoperative teaching package.
Add "Add "Communication needs addressed" as a checklist items for preoperative teaching assessments.
Add "Patient able to communicate effectively? Preferred communication method?" on ICU Daily Round Sheets.
Add "Patient communication board" on Physician admission order sets where impaired communication is anticipated (e.g. cardiac surgeries, head and neck surgeries, trauma, ICU's, etc.).