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Best Practices for: Shooting Video in the Operating Room
We all know the common uses for corporate video…employee training, information dissemination, safety…but let’s take video a step further: Technology has made leaps and bounds, and keeps advancing exponentially every year. As video technology becomes increasingly more sophisticated, the applications of video become more widespread. One of the many ways higher quality and more sophisticated video have been utilized is for scientific and medical research. Shooting medical video on location – especially in an operating room – is a delicate and very necessary process for these uses. Allan Chipps of BroadcastMed gave me some insight on some of the best practices for shooting video in the OR:
“Patient care is first and foremost. You need to make absolutely sure that you have consent of every person that will be in that room – HIPPA has guidelines that need to be followed in order to use footage from the OR. You must have a good relationship with the medical staff as well. They have to trust you, or you risk not being able to get a particular shot you’ll need.”
It’s no secret that hospital lighting creates a harsh atmosphere. Getting a shot that “looks good” may not be in the cards for a typical medical shoot.
“The best equipment for use on site is compact. It’s not going to give you quality. The operating room is very tight, and it’s more important that you are able to physically get in and not be in the way of the surgeon and other medical personnel.”
One thing that’s important to keep in mind when shooting video in the OR is safety and sterility. Allan pointed out that it’s crucial that all crews involved go through basic OR training courses that teach all of the periodicals for sterility and what to do if anyone comes in contact with bodily fluids (read our interview with Valerie Nolan on certifications and vaccines here). Being educated and prepared is the most important step a crew can take to ensure the safety of themselves and the patient on the table.
While we’re on the subject of education and preparedness, Allan says he can’t stress enough the importance of planning when it comes to shooting video in an operating room.
“As with any video shoot, something unexpected can always pop up and derail your shoot. The best thing you can do to prepare is your research. Know the routine, know the doctors, and know the OR staff – especially since you’re not going to have a second take. You can’t have a doctor remake a cut if you miss it. You need to know the steps of the surgery first so you can make sure to communicate with your OR team about what is coming up next and the best place to be in order to get the right shot. Plan, plan, plan – that’s the only way you can ensure you will have a good OR video.”
Here at Crews Control, we do extensive video work with clients in the medical industry. If your company needs a video for medical or research purposes, we can match you with the perfect video crew anywhere in the world – our crews are highly skilled and experienced, educated, and vetted. Call us at 1.800.545.CREW for any additional questions and click here for a free quote.