ECDS Assists Emory’s Visual Medical Education in Instructional PPE Videos

Header image featuring man shooting video in Emory Clinic

ECDS in the News: Including those at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, “thousands of staff members are working behind the scenes to support Emory University as it transitions to remote learning,” as this Emory News article reports. The article is a part of the new “All Hands on Deck” series that provides profiles of staff members who are working tirelessly behind the scenes to help Emory continue its academic and health care missions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Steve Bransford, ECDS Senior Video Producer, is one of the staff members included in the feature. Bransford aided Emory’s Visual Medical Education (VME) team in producing videos on the conservation and use of PPE.

Emory’s Library and Information Technology Services (LITS) and Visual Medical Education (VME) assisted the School of Medicine and Emory’s Serious Communicable Diseases Program (SCDP) in the creation of a set of graphics and videos that instruct medical personnel on the conservation and use of personal protective equipment (PPE), available online at

Steve Bransford shot almost all of the video involved in this project. The first session was filmed at the Serious Communicable Diseases Unit (SCDU) at Emory University Hospital on March 11. On March 14, Bransford began a re-shoot at the SCDU that then shifted to an outpatient room at Emory Clinic, and did another re-shoot at the outpatient room on March 16 because protocol had changed within that short 48-hour period. The main PPE trainer Josia Mamora was available for this third shoot and supervised the re-shoot of all the videos on the donning and doffing of PPE for consistency and accuracy.

Photo of Steve Bransford shooting video for PPE training
Photo of Steve Bransford shooting video for PPE training
(Source: @EmoryVME on Twitter)

At the time of the article’s publication, views of the resource repository have recently increased from 100 to more than 3,000 per day according to Joanna Mundy, PhD, a Digital Project Specialist for the ECDS. “Institutions around the country and in the military are using the site regularly, and checking back in when we have updates,” explains Michael Konomos, the Visual Medical Education team leader for the School of Medicine. Konomos edited all the variations of the videos and was in constant communication with the healthcare staff about the changing protocols, ensuring both timeliness and accuracy of the materials.

Link to full news article: “All hands on deck: Emory staff exhibit ‘can-do’ spirit and enduring sense of community
Link to COVID-19 Resources repository (with videos): “COVID-19 Resources