How wearables can improve safety and efficiency in surgery
Though wearables have gained a lot of attention in the consumer segment, such devices have the potential for adoption in the enterprise and even in the medical arena, as evidenced by researchers in the UK.
According to News Medical, Nottingham Trent University has collaborated with the Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust on the design on a Google Glass-like device aimed at improving the safety and efficiency of selective dorsal rhizotomy, a surgical procedure for children with cerebral palsy.
Without the use of such technology, a surgeon depends on a colleague to communicate information on a patient from a separate screen in the operating room. However, the wearable is capable of relaying patient information directly to the lead surgeon in real time.
This could potentially be a real breakthrough, according to a promiment Los Angeles spine surgeon. Dr. Sanjay Khurana, who is based in Los Angeles, argues: “The use of this technology can really help to improve accuracy and precision while performing both routine and complicated spine surgeries.” He adds: “The more information a surgeon has access to in real time, the better the overall outcome.”
The wearable also facilitates the transmission of the surgeon’s perspective to a third party on account of the presence of an exterior-facing camera on an optical head-mounted display unit. Such technology facilitates added focus on the procedure along with greater flexibility, precision, and control.
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