Since 2015, the Intensive Care Unit Bridge Program’s (ICUBP, www.icubridgeprogram.org) mission has been to humanize Montreal's ICUs.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICUBP team expanded this mission by humanizing mask-wearing/Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), through the PPE Portrait Project.
The PPE Portrait Project is a hybrid art & medical intervention designed to improve patient care and team dynamics by humanizing the alienating appearance of PPE, through warm, smiling headshot portraits fixed to the outside of the healthcare worker’s PPE. This is meant to:
The ICUBP team has consulted with the project's creator, Mary Beth Heffernan (www.ppeportrait.org), who had developed the project's guidelines in consultation with the World Health Organization (WHO)-Liberia Case Management Team during the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The project is now being applied to the COVID-19 pandemic at numerous medical centers.
“When they drove up to me, I would introduce myself and point to my picture saying, 'This is me under all this,' she explains. One patient actually said, ‘I love your picture.’ ... It enhanced my interaction with my patients, as they were able to see me and not just a full suit of PPE.”
Due to the success of the project within Montreal (https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1760124483625) the ICUBP is helping support students across Canada bring PPE portraits to their cities and hospitals through PPE Portraits Canada.
We generally recommend choosing either options #2 ("Permanent laminated") and #3 ("BOTH"), as the permanent laminated versions are:
Single-use labels should only be selected for healthcare professionals working with patients in isolation rooms, COVID units, and/or hot zones.
Please note: PPE Portraits Canada will not publish or use any personal information provided in this form outside of the context of this project without your permission.
Note: Please only fill out the non-mandatory question below "Phone Number" if you consent to having a member of PPE Portraits Canada call you.
This is to ensure we get your portrait to you in a timely manner.
All McGill medical students from the:
Class of 2021: should select "MGH", "JGH", or "RVH" for hospital and "ICU" or "MSICU" for unit. While choosing the hospital, keep in mind your rotation scheduling and that the portraits are normally delivered within the next 2 calendar Fridays.
Class of 2022: should select "McGill Medical School" for both Hospital and Unit. The portraits will be distributed by your class president Corinne Cécyre-Chartrand on an event on October 9. As such, the deadline for submission is Sunday, October 4.
All McGill Ingram school of nursing students should select either:
You will be notified by email when the portraits have been delivered.
The following individuals should select "Permanent laminated" only:
Please upload a picture of yourself (using a smarphone or camera) that is:
When choosing which photo to submit, think to yourself: “what is the smile you wish your patients could see?”. As such, do not provide a laughing nor a grave/serious image.
File name: In order to help the PPE Portraits Canada team organize the pictures/headshots by site and by alphabetical order, rename your picture file:
"(Site) First Name Last Name"
Example: If my name is "John McDonald" and I work at the "RVH ICU", I would rename the file "(RVH ICU) John McDonald"
PPE Portraits Canada has been invited to create installations in art exhibits. We believe this aligns with our long-term vision of making PPE Portraits the standard of care whenever masks/PPE are utilized in healthcare. To portray the essence of the project, we would like your consent to use your submitted picture. No identifiable information will be included within the exhibit.
Example: Individual pictures will be displayed as small pixels forming a mosaic of a healthcare professional.
Image by Nathan Wyburns
If you have any further questions, please contact us by email at email@example.com.
If you have any outstanding questions, please feel free to mention them below or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Business Box for their printing services.
Paige Parsons for her financial support.
The Mary H. Brown Endowment Fund provided by McGill University, which supports the expansion of the portraits to Montreal's long-term care facilities/CHSLDs.
The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) foundation, the Research Institute of the MUHC, and the Desjardins Centre for Advanced Training for supporting the portraits at their sites.