Stickers to reward our brave young patients

Sticker   Teddy

Paige Barrs, a newly qualified Paramedic in East Suffolk, has created four bravery stickers for our paediatric patients. 

Paige noticed that for many of our younger patients the fear of being unwell or hurt can be enormous and often we have little resources in terms of reassurance.

“Although the promise of a sticker does not always grant immediate consolation, I thought they would help to potentially bridge a gap between ambulance staff and younger patients," Paige discussed.

“The idea behind the stickers is to reinforce that ambulance staff are not to be feared. Furthermore, in case of any future contact with the service, the child will hopefully not be so anxious next time.” 

Paige initially bought her own stickers from the internet and found that they were extremely popular with younger patients. However, they were not specific to ambulances or emergency services. 

Paige approached the QI team with the idea to create our own stickers which would be available as part of ambulance stock. “The QI team were massively supportive throughout this journey, keeping me updated with the progress internally and connecting me with ‘Class Publishing’ who kindly chose to print my designs. My Dad was also a driving-force; using his talent as a graphic designer we created the designs.” 

“We decided upon bright colours and clear visuals to attract all age ranges. I have really enjoyed this project and am so thankful for the amazing people that I have had the pleasure of working with. I really hope these stickers provide staff with another tool to help assess children and that you love them as much as I do!”

Published 28th February 2020

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