Paramedic Training Videos For Stryker
Stryker are an international medical technology company that make products for a wide range of applications. One Stryker product playing an important role in ambulances across Australia is the Power-Pro stretcher. The Power-Pro stretcher is a hydraulic stretcher than allows paramedics to do their job safely and efficiently without compromising on the versatility of a conventional stretcher. As this new technology is rolled out across Australia, Stryker needed a way to train paramedics on the correct way to use them. This involved producing around 40 short training videos that would be distributed on the paramedics iPad reference software, carried in each ambulance. The training videos needed to be clear, concise and adhere strictly to the correct procedures for operating the stretchers.
With this brief in mind, there were a few aspects of production that were very important.
Our approach to filming
First, we needed to film the training videos in an entirely plain white studio so that the focus was just on the ambulance, the paramedics and the stretcher. Finding a white studio that we could fit an ambulance in wasn’t easy but Eleven40 Studios in Malvern came to the rescue. The next challenge was lighting a space like this. We needed to find the right balance of making the paramedics and stretcher nicely lit without getting shadows on our wall. The solution was bouncing the light. This means the light is indirect (bouncing off the wall and ceiling behind the camera) and therefore softer. Think of it like sunlight on an overcast day.
Shooting in a white space also meant being very careful not to mark anything. Shoes needed to be taped up at the bottom to avoid marking the floor and a tarp was laid down to prevent tyre marks from the ambulance. Despite our best efforts it was still necessary to repaint the floor in some spaces at the end of each night.
Paramedic safety is very important to the ambulance services. So showing the correct technique for using the stretcher was paramount. Bringing together all the people and resources for this shoot was also a one-off. Re-shooting a scene if we got it wrong wasn’t going to be an option. To make sure this didn’t happen we had an OH&S officer on site at all times watching as we filmed and checking that the correct technique was used. This meant shooting multiple takes sometimes but it was well worth the time investment.
After 4 days in a completely white studio and suffering mild vertigo, we then moved outdoors to film the final videos based on manoeuvring the ambulance off-road.
Editing training videos
With a weeks worth of footage in the can we then set about the big job of editing. This would begin with a rough draft using a temporary voice over so that we could iron out any problems before the professional read. We then met up with a state ambulance representative to go through the changes they’d outlined for the fine cut. Once the picture was locked off and the script was approved we commissioned a professional voice over artist to lend his vocal chords to each video.
If you’re interested in learning more about the editing stage of a project then take a look at this blog post we wrote.
The videos we produced are now being used by Ambulance Victoria and Queensland Ambulance paramedics in their on board iPad manuals.