4 Mistakes to avoid when recording your surgeries (The 3rd will blow your mind!)

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11 December 2023
4 Mistakes to avoid when recording your surgeries (The 3rd will blow your mind!)

4 Mistakes to avoid when recording your surgeries (The #3 will blow your mind!)

In the fast-paced world of modern medicine, the use of smartphones to record surgeries has become a valuable tool for education, collaboration, and documentation. However, like any technology, there are common pitfalls that can hinder the effectiveness of these recordings. Here are four mistakes to avoid when recording your surgeries with your smartphone.

1. Neglecting Manual Focus: The MicroREC App Advantage

One common mistake is relying solely on the automatic focus feature of smartphones. While convenient in everyday use, the automatic focus may not always align with the surgeon’s needs during a procedure. The result can be recordings that are out of focus or focusing on irrelevant details.

a man changing the focus of a optical system to record his surgery
Manual focus adjustment with MicroREC and MicroREC App

To overcome this, utilize the manual focus feature of the MicroREC App. Before the surgery begins, perform parafocality adjustments with the microscope.

This ensures that the focus on your smartphone remains synchronized with the microscope throughout the surgery, capturing the critical details with precision.

2. Forgetting to Rotate the Image: Enhancing Collaboration and Learning

In surgical settings, it’s crucial to stream the surgery to a larger screen, such as a TV, for various reasons.

This facilitates communication with operating partners, allows residents to learn from a distance, and provides a source of information for the patient’s family in the waiting room.

Avoid the oversight of forgetting to rotate the image for optimal viewing.

The MicroREC App simplifies this process, ensuring that the surgery is displayed correctly on external screens, maximizing the educational and collaborative benefits of recording.

3. Overlooking Smartphone Attachment Adjustments: Image Quality Matters

Attaching smartphones to optical systems or adapters without proper adjustments can compromise image quality. Some adapters lack the necessary fine-tuning options, resulting in blurry or distorted recordings. To avoid this, carefully examine the size of your smartphone and adjust any disks behind the MicroREC accordingly.

This small adjustment can significantly enhance the sharpness and clarity of your recorded images.

4. Relying on Pen Drives: A Recipe for Chaos

Saving surgical videos and pictures on pen drives may seem convenient at first, but it can quickly turn into a logistical nightmare. Locating specific files when needed becomes challenging, and there's a risk of data corruption.

Opt for a more streamlined solution like MicroREC Connect. This feature allows you to instantly upload your surgical recordings to a secure cloud, ensuring accessibility from any device, anywhere, and at any time. This not only eliminates the risk of data loss but also enhances the efficiency of managing and retrieving critical surgical footage.

Organization of eye surgeries in different sessions with detailed information stored in a safe cloud
MicroREC Connect

In conclusion, while smartphone recording in the surgical field offers numerous advantages, avoiding these common mistakes is crucial for maximizing the utility of these recordings.

By leveraging the capabilities of the MicroREC App and being mindful of attachment adjustments and file storage methods, surgeons can ensure high-quality, accessible, and educational surgical documentation.

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