I'm Ciléin Kearns, a Medical Illustrator & Doctor creating art with a retro-games-inspired twist.
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medical illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns
Oxygen complications in surgery
Liberal oxygen use is recommended for major elective surgery as it may reduce postoperative infections. A Lancet paper suggests this may increase other major complications and risk of death. I designed this to visualise the idea we are not sure the safest way to provide oxygen to surgical patients. This was for a press release re: the distribution of national New Zealand funding for clinical research trials.
Kānuka honey for treating cold sores
Editorial illustration for a research press release re: a New Zealand randomised controlled trial which demonstrated that medical grade Kānuka honey was equivalent to gold-standard pharmaceutical anti-viral cream for treating cold sores.
Nasal high flow vs non-invasive ventilation
Editorial illustration to show the difference between two treatments used for respiratory failure in COPD. I designed this illustration to give the reader a ‘visual anchor’ for the two potentially unfamiliar terms. This was important for coverage of research comparing them, where they appeared regularly.
Paradigm shift for asthma care.
This editorial medical illustration was for an article about advances in asthma research suggesting big changes are on the horizon for better care. Medical illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns (Artibiotics).
Editorial illustration on the theme of heart failure and the complications of fluid overload that result. As the heart fails it pumps blood less efficiently, which leads to fluid backing up in the lungs and venous system. As the lungs fill with fluid (left-sided heart failure) this manifests as difficulty breathing, particularly when lying down at night, (because a small volume of water can cover a larger surface area of the lung, preventing efficient gas exchange). Swelling of the lower limbs is typically seen in right-sided heart failure. Medical Illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns (Artibiotics).
In Japanese culture the Sakura tree symbolises the transience of life with its short-lived but beautiful bloom. I often get caught up in work and can forget to enjoy life passing by. This piece is a reminder to take to take a breath and live in the moment. Medical Illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns (Artibiotics).
Aggressive temperature control in the ICU
Editorial illustration for research on aggressive temperature control for fever in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Medical Illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns (Artibiotics).
Transfusion in heart surgery
This editorial illustration was designed for an article about a global research study suggesting elderly patients did better topped up with less blood following losses in open heart surgery. This has implications for better use of blood donations too, so could lead to improved patient care directly and indirectly. Medical Illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns (Artibiotics).
These aren't the drugs you're looking for
Editorial illustration referencing a Star Wars quote “these aren’t the droids you’re looking for”, for a Psychiatry article on adherence techniques for working with patients to contruct successful management plans. Medical Illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns (Artibiotics).
Survival medicine with Miss Croft
Illustration for a comedic editorial examining Lara Crofts survival ‘fails’ from the 2013 Tomb Raider game, from a medics perspective. Illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns (Artibiotics).
Chemo Virtual Reality
Illustration for an article on the future of Video Games in healthcare. Illustration by Dr Ciléin Kearns (Artibiotics).