Paediatric team PPE made more child-friendly
03 June 2020
Young patients are now being welcomed with familiar cartoon characters on facemasks of paediatric therapies staff at Basildon Hospital, to help make essential PPE less scary. And it’s already proving to be a big hit with the little ones.
Children who are anxious and have had to come into hospital were
finding facemasks rather frightening. This prompted therapy
assistant Sarah Turner to safely adapt face shields to cartoon
Sarah printed and laminated popular characters including Dory
from Finding Nemo, Minnie Mouse and Wonder Woman as well as tiaras,
jesters' hats and crowns and fixed them on top of the team's face
These fun-themed shields now help children to recognise their
favourite cartoon characters, enabling staff to be more
approachable whilst wearing PPE.
Paediatric physiotherapist Lisa Jones says: "Any child is going
to find the normal PPE quite scary because it is out of the
ordinary - even if we're getting used to it now. This adds an
element of fun and humour.
"These face shields are now a vital part of our uniform to
ensure we protect our patients and we don't want children to be
frightened by them.
"Face masks cover half of our face and it's important that
children can see our facial expressions so they can continue to
feel reassured during these unsettling times."