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    Posted October 24, 2014 by
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    On the front lines of Ebola

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    Medical training videos can make a difference


    I remember watching a training video created to teach us how to provide first aid during an emergency. There were also brochures, booklets and quizzes about the same topic, but the video made the biggest impression on the group. Sometimes there is no replacement for the visual element, and the large number of visual learners today makes medical training videos important.


    Medical training videos are showing up in more places, and the ongoing Ebola crisis has not escaped the trend. The Seattle Times reports that a new video was being made to teach first responders how to react to Ebola cases. It included an important demonstration of the correct way to take off protective clothing after treating a patient. This type of video has enormous value today because it can save lives and prevent the spread of disease.


    Seattle is not the first one to use training videos to make a difference, and the FDA has been using them for a long time to help people. The FDA even offers its videos in multiple languages, so more people can benefit from this type of resource. In Seattle, the firefighters filmed and starred in the videos, and their work brings up an important aspect of today’s medical training videos. Anyone can create a training video with a few simple steps and post it online. For example, Uscreen lets users create videos with no need to understand how to code because there are automatic steps set up to guide them through the process. Then, the videos can be posted online for free or for a fee with rental and subscription options. The ability to easily stream or download a training video means people such as first responders do not have to wait to get the information they need.



    As the number of Ebola cases continues to rise, protecting medical staff is becoming a bigger concern. Their health cannot be compromised while they devote their time to treating others. It seems that medical training videos offer one way to make sure proper protocols are taught to avoid catching the disease.







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