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SPEACS-2 Communication Skills Training

Take an evidence-based approach to make the greatest impact with the communication resources you deploy by completing the online SPEACS-2 Program!

Learners will be able to apply cognitive, sensory, and motor assessment findings to select appropriate strategies and low tech assistive communication tools to facilitate comprehension and expression of messages among nonvocal patients.

BEST NURSING PRACTICE as described in Lindgren & Ames (2005), Henneman, Dracup, Ganz, Molayeme & Cooper (2001) & (2002) for mechanically ventilated patients can reduce sedation exposure and improve outcomes for critically-ill patients, including incidence of delirium, length of stay and ventilator free days.

A physician who conducted a recent study with the EZ Board reached out to us and shared the following:

"While completing our study, I witnessed the relief your communication board provided many patients. In the chaotic world of the Surgical ICU, the EZ Board was a very powerful tool that enabled patients to have a voice and communicate with their loved ones and care providers. Thank you for your work to create such a useful product."

Nilsen ML, Morrison A, Lingler JH, Myers B, Johnson JT, Happ MB. Evaluating the Usability and Acceptability of Communication Tools Among Older Adults. J Gerontol Nurs. 2018; 44(9):30-39.

Von Visger T, Tate JA, Traughber B, Patak L, Happ MB. Intensive care unit nurse focus group on acceptability testing of VidaTalk™. Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 2016;193:A7592.

Happ MB, Garrett KL, Tate JA, DiVirgilio D, Houze MP, Demirci JR, George E, Sereika SM. Effect of a multi-level intervention on nurse—patient communication in the intensive care unit: Results of the SPEACS trial. Heart Lung. 2014;43(2):89–98.

Patak L, Wilson-Stronks A, Costello J, Kleinpell RM, Person C, Henneman BA, Happ MB. Improving Patient-Provider Communication: A Call to Action. JONA. 2009; 39(9):372-6.

Kleinpell RM, Patak L, Wilson-Stronks A, Costello J, Person C, Henneman BA, Happ MB. Communication in the ICU. Advance for Nurses. 2009; 6:18-21.

Patak L, Gawlinski A, Fung NI, Doering L, Berg J. Communication boards in critical care: patients' views. Applied Nursing Research. 2006; 19(4):182-90.

Patak L, Gawlinski A, Fung NI, Doering L, Berg J. Patient's reports of health care practitioner interventions related to communication during mechanical ventilation. Heart & Lung - The Journal of Acute and Critical Care. 2004; 33(5):308-320.

 
 
 

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