[ Education & Documentary]
Educational video is now.
Anybody is using video tutorials privately to learn and understand difficult topics. But why are there so few good medical training films?
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Documentary filming in times of Covid-19
The current situation had a surprising impact on so many people. And to no surprise on us as well.
While our initial project, the "Fighting For Treatment" documentary had to be postponed, we got the opportunity to film in Switzerland a documentary about the SARS-CoV 2: "Inside Corona", which will probably be released later this year.
Just as many of you experienced as well, such a massive crisis can great new opportunities as well. We got in touch with the Swiss Television Broadcast Service SRF and a part of our footage made its way in a big documentary film:
The science of educational video
Although at the moment Covid-19 is at the headlines, or maybe also because of this crisis, educational videos are being regarded as very powerful and important by more and more people.
The use of educational videos is becoming ever more popular and learners are increasingly searching for educational videos online through video platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo.
Because videos are easily accessible even in remote places, it reduces the need for long and expensive travel and has been considered effective for learning.
To test the educational video’s efficiency as an educational method and its impact on safety, we conducted a prospective intervention study comparing anesthesia teams’ failure of adherence to safety critical tasks before versus after the introduction of the educational video.
In this study, we found that the implementation of an educational video was associated with significantly improved adherence to standard protocol during the performance of a complex medical procedure. Adherence to the safety critical tasks demonstrated in the video improved significantly for 8 the 14 tasks after the video had been introduced. These improvements were substantial, with absolute risk reductions of up to 41.5%.
There was no gradual performance improvement over time in the before-video phase, which supports the hypothesis that indeed the introduction of the video led to the improved results. The introduction of the video was useful for reducing the rates of at least three different categories of medical errors: clinical performance errors, medication errors, and omission errors. One possible explanation for the effectiveness of the educational video as an educational tool is that it includes a more active presentation of the knowledge when compared to a written standard protocol. In a video, the medical content is presented in a multimodal way, which includes visual, auditory and emotional stimuli. Additionally, by providing the blueprint of an ideal scenario, the educational video may contribute to an improved safety climate and help to uncover situations in which safety is compromised.
Impact of the results
By demonstrating an educational video’s effectiveness to improve adherence to standard protocol and performance of safety critical tasks during complex medical procedures, the findings extend previous studies, which have shown positive effects of educational videos in resident and medical students skills training, as well as nursing and patient education. We are convinced that the positive effects are not limited to complex anaesthesiologic procedures and regard educational videos of great value also for other medical specialties and for higher education in general.