Surgeons at the Forbes Hospital Trauma Center, part of the Allegheny Health Network, are exploring the use of Google Glass along with new software called Visual Info Zonal Reminder (VIZR), to assist in the care of critically injured patients.
The initial application of Google Glass at Forbes will be the integration of prompts during trauma patient resuscitation based on checklists similar to those used in the aviation industry.
The Google Glass software used at Forbes will show prompts during trauma 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 in our efforts to provide effective, timely care that saves lives,” said Christoph R. Kaufmann, MD, Trauma Medical Director, Forbes Hospital.
VIZR features information on a wide range of traumatic injuries; for instance, if a pregnant patient with injuries to the abdomen is in transport to the emergency department, the surgeon can voice command a checklist with crucial questions to ask the EMS upon arrival or even prior to arrival.
Once a patient program is initiated, a timer begins that provides important prompts and reminders to the trauma team every few minutes. However, the software won’t be recording photos or videos in the hospital setting, ensuring that patient privacy is not compromised.