Supporting Communication for those in ICU

ICU app home screen, showing a screen with text of 'why am I here', 'what will happen to me' and 'communicate'.

ICUapp home screen

This project was a collaboration with Imperial College/RCA Helix Centre, Digital Stitch Ltd and Devices for Dignity.

We developed and evaluated a communication aid specifically designed for use in Intensive Care with patients who are temporarily unable to speak because of a tracheotomy.

The app was designed following qualitative research with those who had direct experience of this situation in ICU; ┬ádesign-ethnography with an embedded designer in ICU and finally incorporating evidence from a systematic literature review (unpublished) of others’ work into AAC and ICU.

The app was evaluated in a service evaluation at Barnsley Hospital and has now been released onto the Apple app store.

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