Through the Looking Glass: SALSA’s First Published Use of Google Glass in the Operating Room in Med Literature

A Heads-Up Display for Diabetic Limb Salvage Surgery: A View Through the Google Looking Glass

David G. Armstrong, Timothy M. Rankin, Nicholas A. Giovinco, Joseph L. Mills and Yoky Matsuoka

From the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), Department of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine and Nest Labs, Palo Alto, California, USA

Although the use of augmented reality has been well described over the past several years, available devices suffer from high cost, an uncomfortable form factor, suboptimal battery life, and lack an app-based developer ecosystem. This article describes the potential use of a novel, consumer-based, wearable device to assist surgeons in real time during limb preservation surgery and clinical consultation. Using routine intraoperative, clinical, and educational case examples, we describe the use of a wearable augmented reality device (Google Glass; Google, Mountain View, CA). The device facilitated hands-free, rapid communication, documentation, and consultation. An eyeglass-mounted screen form factor has the potential to improve communication, safety, and efficiency of intraoperative and clinical care. We believe this represents a natural progression toward union of medical devices with consumer technology.

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