Struggling to communicate through PPE (Personal Protective Equipment face mask, visor, hoods etc)? Unwell and critically ill COVID-19 patients not understanding you?
Frontline healthcare staff re-deployed or returning to work to a clinical area outside your normal practice? Need some upskilling in how to talk simply to patients about their care?
CARDMEDIC is a free communication tool designed to overcome the challenge of patient communication through the PPE barrier. Also an upskilling resource for re-deployed or returning healthcare staff.
Designed and developed by an NHS anaesthetist, it is an A-Z list of flashcards covering common healthcare topics in the COVID-19 pandemic. From concept to launch in 72 hours, in 3 weeks it has been accessed by over 8000 users across 50 countries and 6 continents, including across Europe, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada, Asia and Africa. It has also been shared by the Defence Medical Services to doctors across the UK.
PPE creates a barrier to communication and so much is lost. CARDMEDIC greatly reduces the risk of miscommunication between healthcare staff and patients.
Simple to use
Choose the flashcard you would like to talk to about and display it on the screen to the patient
Choose the language (10 translations available)
Choose the read-aloud function if your patient is unable to read
Upload your photo and name, so your patient can see whos looking after them
Can be downloaded as PDF, printed and laminated if preferred
Free text notes page available for you and your patient to type into and communicate directly
Future developments include integration of British Sign Language videos, as well as illustrations, to improve accessibility for users
We are regularly seeking feedback. Please contact us via the app, the website (https://www.cardmedic.com/contact) or Twitter (@cardmedic).