PEME’s Health & Safety Coordinator, Pat McAuley, fully understands the value of Visual Aids to help improve communication when avoiding safety risks in the workplace. A recent personal experience however, moved him to help improve the lives of patients admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
When Pat’s late brother was taken into Kettering General Hospital ICU, he was put on equipment that aided his breathing, but due to the intrusive action of this medical procedure he was unable to talk.
A member of ICU, Caroline Simcoe, told Pat she and her colleagues were raising funds to purchase visual aid devices for the ICU. Each one of these devices purchased from Eye Gaze cost £5000 and so far they have purchased five. These assistive devices allow patients to communicate and can be operated by mouth, lips using the lightest of touch and with the eyes. All with the added bonus of a real voice to speak on behalf of the patient.
To raise funds, Doctors and nurses were performing as the Intensive Voice Choir and putting on a Talent show, with disco and raffle. The show alone raised £4000. In memory of his brother, Pat’s family made a financial donation to the initiative and PEME provided donations for the raffle. The ICU is still raising funds to purchase more of these devices and Pat is shown with Caroline and one of the new devices.