For the first time in Italy, Google GLASS has been used in the operating room to train doctors. An “hands-free” device that will allow the surgeon to visualize the data of the patient on the prism before, during and after the operation, and to make timely decisions.
Milan, April 16, 2014 – What only the doctor was used to see while in the operating room, now can be viewed from everyone through Google GLASS, used for the first time in Italy in Humanitas, thanks to the partnership with Rokivo and Vidiemme.
On one side, many specialists who attend to the surgery session in a training room , on the other side the surgeon that broadcast, through voice commands, what he sees through the “virtual eye” of the device he is wearing. The Google GLASS, tested for the first time in Italy at the hospital in Rozzano as a training tool during a course of Hemodynamics and Interventional Cardiology.
“The possibility to have the point of view of the medical involved in a delicate surgery to linger on the movements of his hands and to observe what is around him in the room, brings an important advantage when teaching and training – explains Dr Patrizia Presbitero, Unit Director of Haemodynamics, Interventional Cardiology and CCU in Humanitas . It gives a very clear idea of how an experienced operator behaves, his gestures and what they observe during a complex procedure”. Glass is easy to wear and do not disturb the visual field, because the screen is not central but on the right-upper side and allow you to focus on the patient and the operation.
But the goal is not just training; future developments – already in the pipeline – will allow doctors to see on the lens of the GLASS many useful information, such as the vital signs of the patient, his medical records, history… The immediately actionable information will allow the surgeon to make more timely decisions and the use of voice commands will avoids contamination of the surgical scene.
In emergency situations or in case of particularly complex procedures, Google GLASS may be used to assist the medicals involved. Anesthesiologists, for example, could benefit from the use of Glass during a resuscitation procedure to have a real-time overview of vital signs (heart rate, pressure and saturation) of the patient and consult, through voice commands, the patient’s medical history, the results of the examinations and any remarks of health personnel already activated. Finally, Google GLASS can be an important tool for interaction between surgeons who are engaged in operating rooms more and more “integrated” with multiple technologies.
Here below the video realized in Humanitas, during the first Italian surgery with Google GLASS.