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Mural helps relatives understand how machines are improving patient care

CCU Mural explaining equipment

A new mural is helping relatives understand how medical equipment is being used to help their loved ones.

The eye-catching mural has been unveiled in the waiting room of the critical care unit at Basildon Hospital, showing how the likes of ventilators, catheters and heart monitors are helping patients. Images are featured alongside a simple explanation of what they do and how they help.

Ruth Kingsman, a technologist in critical care who arranged for the work to be produced, said: “It can be daunting for relatives when they see their family member in the unit because there is so much medical equipment around.

“We’re hoping these clear explanations will ease any fears people have about what their relatives are going through and how the equipment is helping them. People have given really positive feedback about it saying how informative it is.”

The mural, which was funded by Mid and South Essex Hospitals Charity, has proved so popular that the other critical care units across Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, at Southend and Broomfield, are also having the informative artwork installed.

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