Videos to help explain medical procedures
When a child is about to go into hospital to undergo a medical procedure it is understandable if they feel nervous, anxious and a little unsure. And that uncertainty can often be caused by a lack of knowledge as to what is going to happen to them. An explanation by a parent or doctor can go some way to help alleviate their worry, but a video can do so much more.
Not only can it help visualise a step by step approach to the procedure, it can also show exactly where it will take place and who will be involved on the day. And if they can access this video before the event, from the comfort of their home, it will give them time to process what will happen and allow them to discuss and ask their parents and medical staff informed questions to reassure and put them at their ease.
And what’s more, we can make multiple versions of each video, in a cost-effective way, to match the different ages and cognitive abilities of the patients. For example, a version presented by puppets or animated characters using simpler language is more relevant and helpful to younger children and those with additional needs. Whereas a more straightforward documentary style with an age appropriate voice over narration is better suited to older children
Our job is to work with the hospital staff to create meaningful and supportive videos in a style and format that works for the staff, the children and their families, making each child’s experience in hospital as positive and enjoyable as possible.