New Child-Friendly Visors Proving A Hit With Younger Patients
Date of release: 24 June 2020
Child-friendly PPE visors will soon be available to Trust staff to use and make life more comfortable for younger patients.
From left, visor production staff Amanda Irwin and Deanne Taylor with Emma Wright (centre) Sister, Paediatric Emergency Department, wearing the child-friendly visors
Three types of colourful cartoon-like images covering the foam strip have been made by the visor production team, having been designed by Clinical Illustration and the visor team. One design says ‘hello’ which is aimed at older children and, for younger patients, there are ones displaying dinosaurs and another with giraffes, elephants and lions. The new visors will be in use by the end of this week and 1,000 have been produced so far.
The three designs of child-friendly visors
A trial was carried out in Paediatric Emergency Department with over 200 of the visors and the reaction has been very positive. Mel Riley, head of visor production, said: “The feedback has been great – the children find them a distraction and they’re fun to look at. My background is in ophthalmology including paediatrics so I thought these would be well received.”
Emma Wright, Sister, Paediatric Emergency Department, collaborated with Mel, and Mark Smith from Clinical Illustration produced the designs. Emma said: “Attending hospital can be a frightening experience for young children. With the current need to wear additional PPE, these fears can be increased. The child-friendly visors are providing a fun distraction for them, and are allowing the children to feel more comfortable with us.”