Wardround is one of eleven films that make up the body of work Conscious.
It aims to represent how the patient was treated by those responsible for her wellbeing whilst in hospital. The film deals with questions of power, barriers and patient care. We all put our lives in the hands of medical professionals when we undergo operations. Whilst I am not advocating that we shouldn’t undergo any operations - they, and the surgeons who perform them, are responsible for saving and enhancing many lives (my own and my families included, for which I am profoundly grateful). However I feel that the question here is that, if and when something does go wrong, it should be addressed with the patients’ wellbeing and involvement at the forefront of concern.
The intention of this film is to invite those who have had any hospital experience to comment on their view of the patient/medic relationship.
Contributions would be welcomed here, not only from those who have experienced anaesthetic awareness, but also from other patients and medical professionals.
Comments and testimony can be recorded at anaestheticawareness.info
Conscious is the name of the project hosted at anaestheticawareness.info.
In it I have produced a series of films that retell the experience of one person’s anaesthetic awareness. The aim of the project is that these films will act as the catalyst for discourse amongst those who have experienced anaesthetic awareness, providing a conduit for valuable connections, potentially leading to a support community for those who are experiencing difficulties directly or indirectly connected to their experience.
Running alongside the online community project is the physical presence of this work. In this strand Conscious becomes an installation where trainee medical students can directly interact with the work by being shown films in designed spaces. These depict the environments connected to the anaesthetic awareness case represented in the films, the aim of this is to provide a visual, aural and experiential educational experience for the students, with the intention of promoting a better understanding of the issues amongst healthcare practitioners and, hopefully, reducing its future incidence. Invited participants are then asked to record their experience of the material directly at anaestheticawareness.info, thereby creating a connection between the two audiences, and potentially opening up new lines of discourse that would otherwise never exist.