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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Google Glass

As the use of technology advances, more and more devices will undoubtedly find their way into operating rooms (ORs) to help optimize the experience for patients and healthcare
professionals alike. Google Glass, a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (resembling prescription glasses), displays information in a hands-free format. Although still in its infancy, the wearable device has already been adopted by many healthcare professionals around the country.

At a basic level, Google Glass can help free up surgeons and OR nurses from having to perform simple yet time-consuming tasks by synching patient information with their electronic health record via pictures and videos taken directly from the device, eliminating the need to write anything. The images and recordings (with the patient's permission) can be reviewed later or sent to other surgeons or physicians for diagnosis and collaboration.

Here's an example of one of the many surgeons who have adopted Google Glass into their practice. What are your thoughts on the practicality of such a device in the OR?

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Elizabeth M. Thompson
Elizabeth M. Thompson is the Editor-In-Chief of OR Nurse 2012. She is also a Nursing Education Specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.