In your clinical setting, nothing could be more important than to find out what your patients are experiencing, what they need and want. Don't let communication become a barrier. Let your non-verbal and non-English speaking patients speak for themselves with our E|Z Word Communication Board.
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.).