Clinical Procedure Guides on Picasa Web: Step-By-Step Photos

I have just moved the three procedures guides we created to Picasa Web Albums:

Central Line Placement - Procedure Guide

Central Line Placement with Ultrasound Guidance - Procedure Guide

Thoracentesis - Procedure Guide

Picasa Web works great: it resizes the images automatically to fit the monitor size and pre-fetches them so that the slideshows load faster. Our previous host, Webshots, used to place too many banner ads around the images but I chose it over Flick because it offered a larger resolution of the slideshows.

Andrew Schechtman of MeisterMed contacted me last week with the suggestion to create a free PDA guide for clinical procedures. I hope that this project is completed soon.

Of course, our slideshows cannot compete with the excellent professional NEJM videos but this is not the goal. The idea is to help any health care worker anywhere in the world by offering a quick reference guide to refresh the memory about a certain procedure before performing it. In our informal surveys, many residents at the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western/St. Vincent find the guides very helpful.

Unfortunately, NEJM recently removed their procedures videos from the free area of the website and started to charge $ 10 per video.

Update 06/26/2007:
Picasa Web has a mobile version and map locations.

Procedure Skills and ACLS Refresher
Put your photos on a map, and Picasa on your phone. Official Google Blog, 06/2007.


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