Getting Closer to Medical Procedures on a Video iPod

The technology is there, we just have to find the time to do it.

We already have the slide shows of two common procedures - central line placement and thoracentesis. We have to make a movie showing the procedures step-by-step with audio directions. Then just transfer the movie to a video iPod.

A research project:

Give video iPods to 20 medical residents and compare the effect of the procedure training to another group of 20 residents without iPods. Let's see if the residents who use the teaching video files achieve proficiency in performing a particular procedure faster and with fewer complications.

Russell Beattie has a similar idea - make Portable How-To Videos.

Yahoo search blog describes how you can transfer videos that you find on Yahoo to a video iPod.

You can try Photocasting with Flickr or BubbleShare, Digital Inspiration.

Video Search To Go! -
Quick Idea: Portable How-To Videos - Russell Beattie
Podcasting Becomes Mainstream Overnight. Medical Procedure Guides on the iPod
Between the Earbuds: Neuroanatomy for the iPod, iPods In The Hospital - MedGadget
Hack Attack: Get the most out of an old iPod.
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  1. What a great idea.
    I just see two main problems:

    1)Anatomical differences.
    2)Practice makes mastery.

    So, you can watch that video once, and again, and again, but you have not learned how to make that procedure. In medicine i think there are not How-Tos'. Of course, that will give us a clue, but not the science.


  2. This is what we should try to prove, Jon. Our hypothesis is that the residents who watch the procedure videos will achieve proficiency faster... The only way to find out is to do the study.