In late 2019, just before the pandemic we were asked by SASA to produce a video documenting the state of Anaesthesiology in South Africa. It was to be a series of indepth interviews, over a period of time, with members of the Society. We backed this up with B Roll taken in theatres and hospitals in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
It became apparent the content would be emotive in parts as Anaesthesiology has the highest rate of suicide in all the medical professions.
We interviewed 15 anaesthetists and edited and produced the video for a large conference within a 4 week time window. Once the pandemic hit, it was felt that we needed to shoot an update with masks and PPE to give the production some perspective. The video has since been shown to other medical
Associations around the world.