Dr Darking and Dr Matt Adams, from the university’s School of Applied Social Science, worked on an evaluation design which members of the Anaesthetic Team at Brighton and Sussex Universities NHS Trust will be implementing shortly.
Dr Darking said: “This is frontline NHS innovation at its best. But even under pandemic conditions, it is important to listen to patient experience and understand exactly how improvements in care can be achieved.”
Brighton anaesthetist Rachael Grimaldi founded the flashcard system ‘Cardmedic’ while on maternity leave after reading about a COVID-19 patient who was unable to understand healthcare workers through their personal protective equipment.
Cardmedic is currently available in 10 different languages, including Polish and French, and features a “read aloud” option to help those who are with vision impairment or too unwell to read.
The communication cards are free to download on Cardmedic’s website, and have already been accessed by more than 8,000 users in 50 countries.