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.
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 Bedside Communication Boards as part of preoperative teaching package.
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 Bedside Communication Board on Physician admission order sets where impaired communication is anticipated (e.g. cardiac surgeries, head and neck surgeries, trauma, ICU\'s, etc.).