There are many patient education sites on the net, but usually they target wellness topics such as cholesterol, hypertension, smoking, women's wellness issues (breast exams, etc). You might try www.about.com
and they will lead you to links, but you will need to put in the wellness topics you want for your search term.
I would be conservative about down loading computer generated docs and putting them on the BB because they will be very fine print and not very exciting to look at visually.
You might check web sites for the American Lung Association, the professional organization for respiratory therapists about ventilator based information. Don't forget to network with your RT's for topics like the vent. Perhaps you could put up a card with a picture of a vent and answer two or three "FAQ's" about the vent. (Why does it alarm like that when my family member is trying to sleep? Does it hurt to suction someone? What does a ventilator do?) Generate your FAQ's on 8 1/2x 11 pieces of paper oriented horizontally. You can hang them up horizonatally or slightly on the slant for visual interest--play with it. Do it in a publisher like program and, if you're a scrap booker, use bright pieces of paper behind your graphics and your FAQ sheets to make it visually exciting to look at. Don't try to give them everything they'd ever want to know about vents. Two or three big ideas is all you want. Put a little card on the bottom that says, "If you have questions pertaining to your family member, please ask your nurse."
Dietary issues provide wonderful fodder. Many patients in a CCU will be being told for the first time that they need to be on a low NA or low fat diet and dietary departments get TONS of visuals to aid in those ideas.
Plan your ideas at least 6 months to the whole year in advance so that you can start collecting visuals. Know that February is heart month. Don't forget to blend in those old school themes. March is St. Patrick's day, etc. Fall--October through December--is when we promote influenza vaccine and that is something that most chronically ill people need. Look at your population and aim your bb toward them. Seniors are very health conscious and they love to learn about health. Topics can include:
diet, low fat, low na
exercise (low intensity--get some info from the hospital PT) Don't forget a disclaimer to check with your doc before starting a regimen
benefits of walking
feature your hospital's cardiac rehab program
spirituality and wellness
your hospital's chaplaincy program
sexuality after MI
Get info from the "experts" in your hospital. This is great networking and you get to learn something while you do a BB.
Sounds like a fun assignment.