Associate Director and Head of Operations, Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab, MIT
Today, OPENPediatrics launched our new multimedia library, which shares animations and illustrations we’ve created for the videos on our clinician community site. The clinician community site is free for medical professionals to register for and access, but is closed to the general public in order to promote frank and open discussion among clinicians. Many of the resources we provide through the clinician site—including these animations and illustrations—can be useful to wider audiences, though, so we are thrilled to be making them available on our public site.
One of my favorite early stories about the power of these illustrations and animations is from Israel, and demonstrates how the illustrations can have dramatic impact on visual learners. As was reported to us:
One of our pediatric residents was on call one night recently in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and was called for an emergency in the delivery room. A baby was born with a life-threatening lung problem and was not breathing. He intubated and started ventilating the baby with oxygen through the breathing device, but the baby’s chest did not rise and there was no response, the baby was still deteriorating. Then he said he suddenly remembered a graphic animation from an OPENPediatrics presentation that demonstrated how the breathing device works, and realized one of the valves in the breathing device was not functioning, he quickly replaced it in the proper position and the baby immediately began to improve. So [OPENPediatrics’] animation really helped save that baby’s life.
The animation that is mentioned in the story above is included in our new gallery. The 48 animations and illustrations included in the launch are but a small selection of the hundreds that we’ve created and will be adding to the site over time. All of the animations are provided under a Creative Commons license and include high resolution downloadable versions.