St. John Ambulance Relies on ATEM Mini During Pandemic

Fremont, CA – February 24, 2021Blackmagic Design today announced first aid and health charity St John Ambulance has implemented a streaming workflow based upon the ATEM Mini to support essential communication and training provisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A volunteer led, charitable organization dedicated to the teaching and practice of first aid in the UK, St John Ambulance is a leading provider of first aid training, event support, ambulance services and medical supplies.

Unit manager for the London Healthcare Unit, Cormac O Conaill, says, “In the early days of the pandemic we approached the NHS and asked, what do you need us to do? The answer was to provide help responding to 999 calls across the country, staff up the Nightingale hospitals and support emergency departments, while fast tracking more people with existing first aid qualifications and clinical skills into the organization to further support the NHS.”

To cope with this new challenge, St John Ambulance shifted its entire operating model overnight, taking processes traditionally physical, such as training, continuing professional development sessions and information cascades towards digital delivery. As part of this transition, it utilized the ATEM Mini switcher to help support critical communications across the charity as well as training delivery online.

O Conaill explains, “We soon found ourselves needing to disseminate large, complex amounts of information to an increasingly dispersed group of people. Throughout the pandemic, information was being updated and revised continuously. We did not have the time to record multiple videos, stitch them together or add information. The world was moving too fast.

“We began running a portable, multi camera setup with wireless audio in a run and gun live production box,” explains O Conaill. “The ability to store graphics and titles using the built in media pool gave us a compact, simple but powerful live streaming platform which we integrated with Microsoft Teams via laptops and Microsoft Office 365.

“The ATEM Mini fits our needs perfectly,” he concludes. “It’s easy to use, quick to set up and intuitive. It allows us to cascade information on critical clinical updates to our team, and enhance the quality and professionalism of our training to our volunteer healthcare professionals and emergency ambulance crews.”

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About St John Ambulance
St John Ambulance responds to health emergencies, supports communities, and saves lives, relying on the public’s generosity to do so. Compassionate care isn’t just part of our heritage, it’s in our hearts. With our clinical expertise and nationwide presence, our volunteer-led health and first aid charity is uniquely placed to serve the country.

From our vibrant youth programmes to our world-class training, we empower people of all ages with lifesaving skills and the confidence to use them, every day. St John volunteers treat and transport thousands of patients each year, and in times of crisis we are England’s national health reserve.

As a charity with a long history of serving humanity, we are proud of our past and excited about creating a healthier, safer, more resilient future. St John Ambulance has relieved people from illness, injury, distress and suffering for over 140 years and, with the public’s support, will do so for decades to come.

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