Google glass aids trauma care

Trauma surgeons at the Forbes Hospital Trauma Center near Pittsburgh are testing Google Glass technology using a software called VIZR, Visual Info Zonal Reminder. Google Glass is a wearable technology with an optical head-mounted display that provides information in a smartphone-like, hands-free format. Wearers communicate with the Internet via natural language voice command. At Forbes, the technology initially is being used to provide prompts during patient resuscitation based on checklists similar to those used in the aviation industry.

“With this new technology, surgeons will have hands-free, immediate access to critical information, checklists and reminders specific to injury categories that will greatly assist our efforts to provide effective, timely care that saves lives,” says Christoph R. Kaufmann, M.D., trauma medical director. For example, if a pregnant patient with injuries to the abdomen is in transport to the emergency department, the surgeon can use a voice command to access a checklist with crucial questions to ask the paramedic upon or even before the ambulance arrives.

Source: Allegheny Health Network
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