Alexis Penman – Independent Project

Alexis Penman – Independent Project

Class of 2017

Introduction to Topic

The independent project choice I made was to create a tool for family members of someone who has experienced a stillbirth. The reason I chose such a topic is because it has a personal grasp on my family and I. It has been almost three years since we lost my sister Brooke Elizabeth and my family hurt immensely from it. Something that made it worse was how people we cared about treated it after.

Project Description

My projects originally started with me doing my summer work on how communication with physicians and patients is not the best when it could be better, especially with people in the NICU. The NICU is a very sensitive place because emotions are high as it is and no parents wants their little child in that kind of environment. After realizing I wasn’t going to have transportation to a hospital in Baltimore where that kind of environment was able to be shadowed, I had to change my idea. I decided to start at Upper Chesapeake because it was close and I thought I was going to get right into the birthing area which didn’t happen but eventually did. This ultimately led me into getting reminded about communication not with physicians but family and friends. Which also helped me think of my personalized emailing system created for the friends and family of people who have experienced a stillbirth.

Experience Description

My experience wasn’t like a lot of people I was talking to. Most of the people did their experience at a doctor’s office but I just decided to do my experience at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center because I don’t have means of transportation to a good hospital in Baltimore county and I needed the process of getting into the experience to go as fast as possible. The first couple times going and volunteering it was really exciting just because I was at a new place with new people doing new stuff but then it started becoming a bore. I didn’t get placed in my ideal place in the hospital at first. I was in the Cardiac Unit on the third floor. The nurses had me go around and update all the whiteboards in each of the patient’s rooms to help the tech out. They gave me this huge packet of papers so I could fill out who all the patients info like their pcp(primary care provider), emergency contacts and the date. After I finished this every day, I wiped down every single surface in the hospital. Then once that was done, I had to help with the paperwork for the patients. I had to use a sticker with the patient’s name on it and attach their tests to their files and add new pages that were going to be needed most likely in the future. Once this was done, then I had to take this good sized cart to the storage room and fill it with all these supplies like yellow bed pans, pink vomit buckets, two types of wipes, different sized gloves, tissues, different tubes, 5 different types of wipes, diapers, and cloth mats. I would take all of that and more to each of the rooms nurses closet things to fill up what was missing. I would typically have to go back and forth to the closet and the rooms to get the stuff I ran out of and then continue my system I had going. When I got transferred to the birth and delivery area I did most of the same stuff. But whenever I would go stock up nurse closet things I would always be listening. One of the days I heard someone had lost a baby and it made me think of my experience with losing my sister. I though how the hospital helps with the process a lot but there’s still things they can definitely do better to help prepare you and your family for the upcoming years.

Innovation Description

My innovation is a messaging system that helps friends and family members of the family that had a loss from a stillbirth. The system works by filling out a questionnaire where you fill out their name, email, relation to the family, the babies name, sex, dude date, birth date, mother’s name, father’s name and any sibling’s names with their ages. This information gets collected to personalize the information that gets sent to the person in the future. The birth date gets taken into account first to evaluate what information should be provided to you first based on increments of a few months after the first month has passed. There also are alerts sent out when the baby’s due date is approaching or the baby’s birthdate is coming around again so it can remind the family member or friend to be sensitive of what they say and the feelings of the person they care about. This became my innovation because I knew I wanted to do something with stillbirths because of my personal experience with it but after doing some research and asking my mother and two other women about their experiences with stillbirths to evaluate what part of their experience was the best thing for me to be able to alter for someone else. All three women mentioned that some of their friends or family actually hurt their feelings during this time to the point where they don’t have as good as a relationship now. One of them said when asking if her kids could come over to celebrate Elizabeth’s (her baby that passed), her ex-husband didn’t know who she was talking about. She said it made her feel like her child wasn’t even important enough to remember her name and having to explain it was her dead baby made her inconsolable. Another said that her mother in law was extremely too clingy and called way too often to the point where it made her uncomfortable but didn’t want to ask her to stop because she didn’t want to feet ungrateful. When making my innovation, I spend 3 hours researching information about stillbirths, statistics, how loss of a child affects different ages of people differently, and trying to find something in use that is like this. All I found was brochures and leaflets that the hospital gives you for understanding a stillbirth. My innovation is different because it gives you direct notices via email so you can be alert at some of the most touchy times for the family who experienced the loss. It also keeps everything electronically so you don’t have to keep track of a paper you got from someone years ago. This also is the most green, ecofriendly way that is effective to keep the info you need to be sensitive of for you loved one.

Project Topic

Introduction to Topic

The independent project choice I made was to create a tool for family members of someone who has experienced a stillbirth. The reason I chose such a topic is because it has a personal grasp on my family and I. It has been almost three years since we lost my sister Brooke Elizabeth and my family hurt immensely from it. Something that made it worse was how people we cared about treated it after.

Project Overview

Project Description

My projects originally started with me doing my summer work on how communication with physicians and patients is not the best when it could be better, especially with people in the NICU. The NICU is a very sensitive place because emotions are high as it is and no parents wants their little child in that kind of environment. After realizing I wasn’t going to have transportation to a hospital in Baltimore where that kind of environment was able to be shadowed, I had to change my idea. I decided to start at Upper Chesapeake because it was close and I thought I was going to get right into the birthing area which didn’t happen but eventually did. This ultimately led me into getting reminded about communication not with physicians but family and friends. Which also helped me think of my personalized emailing system created for the friends and family of people who have experienced a stillbirth.

Experience

Experience Description

My experience wasn’t like a lot of people I was talking to. Most of the people did their experience at a doctor’s office but I just decided to do my experience at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center because I don’t have means of transportation to a good hospital in Baltimore county and I needed the process of getting into the experience to go as fast as possible. The first couple times going and volunteering it was really exciting just because I was at a new place with new people doing new stuff but then it started becoming a bore. I didn’t get placed in my ideal place in the hospital at first. I was in the Cardiac Unit on the third floor. The nurses had me go around and update all the whiteboards in each of the patient’s rooms to help the tech out. They gave me this huge packet of papers so I could fill out who all the patients info like their pcp(primary care provider), emergency contacts and the date. After I finished this every day, I wiped down every single surface in the hospital. Then once that was done, I had to help with the paperwork for the patients. I had to use a sticker with the patient’s name on it and attach their tests to their files and add new pages that were going to be needed most likely in the future. Once this was done, then I had to take this good sized cart to the storage room and fill it with all these supplies like yellow bed pans, pink vomit buckets, two types of wipes, different sized gloves, tissues, different tubes, 5 different types of wipes, diapers, and cloth mats. I would take all of that and more to each of the rooms nurses closet things to fill up what was missing. I would typically have to go back and forth to the closet and the rooms to get the stuff I ran out of and then continue my system I had going. When I got transferred to the birth and delivery area I did most of the same stuff. But whenever I would go stock up nurse closet things I would always be listening. One of the days I heard someone had lost a baby and it made me think of my experience with losing my sister. I though how the hospital helps with the process a lot but there’s still things they can definitely do better to help prepare you and your family for the upcoming years.

Innovation

Innovation Description

My innovation is a messaging system that helps friends and family members of the family that had a loss from a stillbirth. The system works by filling out a questionnaire where you fill out their name, email, relation to the family, the babies name, sex, dude date, birth date, mother’s name, father’s name and any sibling’s names with their ages. This information gets collected to personalize the information that gets sent to the person in the future. The birth date gets taken into account first to evaluate what information should be provided to you first based on increments of a few months after the first month has passed. There also are alerts sent out when the baby’s due date is approaching or the baby’s birthdate is coming around again so it can remind the family member or friend to be sensitive of what they say and the feelings of the person they care about. This became my innovation because I knew I wanted to do something with stillbirths because of my personal experience with it but after doing some research and asking my mother and two other women about their experiences with stillbirths to evaluate what part of their experience was the best thing for me to be able to alter for someone else. All three women mentioned that some of their friends or family actually hurt their feelings during this time to the point where they don’t have as good as a relationship now. One of them said when asking if her kids could come over to celebrate Elizabeth’s (her baby that passed), her ex-husband didn’t know who she was talking about. She said it made her feel like her child wasn’t even important enough to remember her name and having to explain it was her dead baby made her inconsolable. Another said that her mother in law was extremely too clingy and called way too often to the point where it made her uncomfortable but didn’t want to ask her to stop because she didn’t want to feet ungrateful. When making my innovation, I spend 3 hours researching information about stillbirths, statistics, how loss of a child affects different ages of people differently, and trying to find something in use that is like this. All I found was brochures and leaflets that the hospital gives you for understanding a stillbirth. My innovation is different because it gives you direct notices via email so you can be alert at some of the most touchy times for the family who experienced the loss. It also keeps everything electronically so you don’t have to keep track of a paper you got from someone years ago. This also is the most green, ecofriendly way that is effective to keep the info you need to be sensitive of for you loved one.

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