Professor David Wald created the animated films to help people understand the critical care a patient is likely to receive — at a time when families have been left “stranded and detached” by the restrictions on hospital visiting.
Professor Wald, a consultant cardiologist who has volunteered to work additional nursing shifts in the ICU at the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel, came up with the idea in March while recovering from Covid.
He decided to adapt animations he had previously made to ensure patients, especially those without English as a first language, were able to consent to medical procedures. The films are available in multiple languages.
He said: “It was inspired by a friend calling me, saying their father had been admitted to intensive care and they didn’t know what was going on.”
The animations explain the key areas: the ICU environment, the range of staff involved and principles of treatment.
About 40 critical care units are registered to use the animations, which are being made free until May.