Super hero safety film launched

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An innovative new way for children and their families to help keep themselves safe while in hospital has been launched today: Children and Young People’s Safety Briefing.

The Children and Young People’s Safety Briefing (CYPSB) has been developed to help improve the information we give to children, young people and their families when they come to hospital so they are better equipped to look after themselves.

What is a Safety Briefing?

A safety briefing is made up of a short animation and an accompanying safety card that uses a superhero theme to share the safety messages. It has been designed to be shown when people are first admitted to hospital. Working closely with children and young people, the Children and Young Person’s Safety Briefing looks at six simple things that people can do to help them have a safer stay in hospital.

The Children and Young People’s Safety Briefing has been developed by two leading international children’s hospitals, Queensland Children’s Health Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, England, with creative support and development from Haelo, Salford’s innovation and improvement science centre.

The information in the Safety Briefing covers six common issues:

  • hand hygiene
  • visitors coming to hospital with illness
  • extravasion (when tubes for medicine begin to itch or hurt)
  • medication
  • feeling in pain
  • pressure ulcers

Testing

Both hospitals have been involved in extensive testing of the briefing, with 479 patients and families from across both sites involved. The testing examined four things:

  1. Appreciation: do patients like the animation
  2. Knowledge retention: do patients understand and retain any of the information when questioned immediately following having a safety briefing
  3. Perceived behavioural change: do patients perceive that the safety briefing will have an impact on their behaviour
  4. Feeling of safety: do patients feel more confident about their safety after having a briefing

Initial findings from the testing show that:

  • over 75% of patients at both sites reported feeling safer after having a safety briefing compared to before
  • the average satisfaction (how much people enjoyed it) for the CYPSB at Birmingham Children’s Hospital was 8/10
  • the average satisfaction (how much people enjoyed it) for the CYPSB at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital was 7/10
  • following a safety briefing using the card and animation, almost a third of people tested at Birmingham Children’s Hospital would do something different compared to those who didn’t have any briefing
  • following a safety briefing using the card and animation, 60% of people tested at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital would do something different compared to those who didn’t have any briefing

The full findings from the testing are being prepared for academic publication so others can learn from the work.

Aaron Gow, Associate Director of Corporate Affairs, Haelo, said: “It’s been a privilege to be able to work with two creative and dynamic teams and the children they care for. Everyone has gone the extra mile to deliver a new way of providing safety information for children and young people. This was very much an extra piece of work, with busy clinicians fitting development work around their day jobs, which shows their commitment to improving safety. The teams met virtually every week, with late nights and early mornings depending on your country, over Skype to ensure the project was successful.”

Dr Andrew Hallahan, Executive Director of Medical Services, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital said: “Providing new and innovative ways of engaging with young people and their families coming into hospital at what is a difficult time for them is really important. The Young Person’s Safety Briefing will help us change the nature of conversations, giving people the knowledge of what they can do for themselves and what they should ask for help for.

“This has been a really exciting project to work on and the similarities between the clinical needs of the two hospitals has been really interesting to see.”

Michelle McLoughlin, Chief Nurse, Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The safety of our children and young people is our number one priority and we’re really excited to be taking the tried and tested airline safety approach in our hospitals to make our care even safer.

“Everyone can play a role in safety, from staff to patients, families and visitors, and we really hope that this fun and engaging new animation will empower our children, young people and families to keep themselves as safe as possible while they’re in our care.”

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