Communication with patients who are unable to speak is often challenging. Mechanical ventilation, hearing or speech limitations, language barriers, and other hurdles may stand in the way of providing optimal patient-centered care. Developed by intensivists, the Patient Communicator from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) is designed to help overcome these common barriers to facilitate better communication, which can be vital in reducing pain and anxiety and increasing satisfaction.
• Translation capabilities that allow for two-way communication between patients and caregivers in 19 languages
• A diagram that allows patients to identify the location of pain, itching and nausea and a scale to express the intensity of these sensations
• More than 30 translatable phrases that allow patients to convey various needs related to their care and well-being