Welcome to Dart Products – distributors in Australia of the Vidatak EZ Communication Boards!

The Vidatak EZ Board (www.vidatak.com) is an evidence-based, patient communication board designed by patients and supported by clinical research to improve patient satisfaction, reduce frustration, and improve patient outcomes.  They are the perfect communication aid for providing point-of-care, readily available communication resources for patients who are rendered unable to speak. The EZ Boards are 44 x 28 cms (17 x 11 inches), two-sided, dry-erase boards which come individually shrink-wrapped with pre-assembled with dry-erase marker. Today, the EZ Boards are available in over 20 languages and as a Picture Board and used in over 2,500 hospitals throughout the US as well as Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Australia and India.

 

Introducing the Picture Communication Board,
a joint research and development achievement with Children's Hospital Boston <click here>.  The Picture Communication Board was designed for patients of all ages, while the Word version of the EZ Board, would be best used with literate patients ages 8 and older.

 

The Vidatak EZ Boards are an excellent application to improving clinical outcomes for patients.

  1. They are research based,
    1. Have received acknowledgment, endorsement and support from the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association (HPNA), the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN),
      “HPNA has reviewed and approved this product. While this Mark of Endorsement validates the quality of the content of this product, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association does not wish to confer medical advice.”
  2. WINNER of the 2009 New Products and Technology Awards recognizing innovation in serving older adults and families. <click here>

 

More than Just a Communication Board

  1. Improve Patient Participation
    Our goal is to offer patients the very best opportunity to be engaged in their care,
  2. Improve Patient satisfaction
    have their needs recognized and met,
  3. Reduce Anxiety & Sedation
    to prevent overwhelming frustration and depression that ensues from being critically ill and unable to communicate with the people caring for you,
    to prevent withdrawal,

 

Improve Clinical Outcomes
to empower and encourage nursing staff to be able to achieve and maintain the same therapeutic relationships with patients who cannot speak as they can with patients who can speak.

 

Following Vidatak’s research and implementation of the Vidatak EZ Board, Vidatak have learned how providing the right communication tools to patients with communication impairment can improve patient outcomes.  Using communication boards that are not research-based may discourage the practice of using communication boards altogether.  Vidatak encourage you to implement the EZ Boards into your everyday patient care.  By improving patient satisfaction, improving patient outcomes we are certain your institution will achieve cost-savings benefits that justify this change in practice.  Instructions for use. <click here>

 

Recommendations
Vidatak recommend the boards be stocked in preoperative rooms for preoperative teaching, recovery rooms, ER's, ICU's, rehabilitation units, head and neck suites, nursing homes, hospices and general medicine units where there may be patients who are unable to verbally communicate or cannot speak English.  We also recommend the boards be made available through your interpreter/translation department for non-English speaking patients.

Simple implementation strategies:

  1. Include communication boards as part of preoperative teaching package.
  2. Add "Communication needs addressed" as a checklist items for preoperative teaching assessments.
  3. Add "Patient able to communicate effectively? Preferred communication method?" on ICU Daily Round Sheets.
  4. Add "Patient communication board" on Physician admission order sets where impaired communication is anticipated (e.g. cardiac surgeries, head and neck surgeries, trauma, ICU's, etc.).

For the safety of your patient and increased utilization of your EZ Boards, you may also want to invest in our beside rail holder to allow for easy access and storage of your patient’s communication board.  Much like the call light, keeping this board within reach empowers the patient and promotes autonomy.  These holders are durable and reusable.

Please click on the savings analysis link (top left) for a detailed summary and a sample calculation of how implementing the Vidatak EZ Board into standard practice hospital wide can save your hospital hundreds of thousands of dollars with reduced sedation, length of ICU and hospital stay. 

If you would like more information regarding the Vidatak EZ Board, please review our various links on the Vidatak website www.vidatak.com or please email us at info@dartproducts.com.au  or call 03 9807 1000

 

The EZ Board Empowers Patient-Centered Care:
May 19, 2009 in "What 'Patient-Centered' Should Mean" [a Health Affairs web exclusive], Dr. Berwick states, "I fear to become a patient. Partly, that fear comes from what I know about technical hazards and lack of reliability in care. What chills my bones is indignity. It is the loss of influence on what happens to me. It is the image of myself in a hospital gown, homogenized, anonymous, powerless, no longer myself." The EZ board helps nursing staff and families to provide individualized care, to treat the patient based on their needs and puts control back into the hands of the patient.  Patient-centered care has been shown to increase patient satisfaction, decreased length of stay, decrease medical error, increase survival, increase staff/faculty retention and increase market share.  In addition to the EZ Board, we have provided the ICU Patient Centered Rounds Sheet, another strategy to help incorporate patient communication as a core component of patient-centered care and make this routine practice.<click here>

 

The Joint Commission:
An archive of the April 16, 2010 webinar, "New Joint Commission Standards to Improve Patient-Provider Communication," has been posted.<click here>

An archive of the May 18, 2010 presentation at the National Patient Safety Foundation Congress, "Advancing Clinical Practice to Routinely Achieve Effective Patient Communication with Communication-Vulnerable Patients" has been posted.<click here>

 

THE NEW 2010 JOINT COMMISSION STANDARDS OF CARE, preview the pre-publication standards today! <click here>

 

Most recent publication:
Patak L, Wilson-Stronks, A, Costello J, Kleinpell RM, Person C, Henneman EA, Happ MB. Improving Patient-Provider Communication: A Call to Action. JONA; September 2009,39(9):372-376. <click here>  For more publications on the EZ Board, <click here>.

 

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