A recent study found that surgeons wearing Google Glass spot potential issues faster.

Photo Credit: VitalMedicals

Photo Credit: VitalMedicals

A study from Stanford Medical School and VitalMedicals puts Google Glass to the test in the operating room. Researchers took a look at how real-time vitals app VitalStream helped doctors while performing surgery.

Residents participating in the study were asked to perform routine procedures on dummy patients, VentureBeat reported. What the residents weren't prepared for was that each surgery was going to come with a sudden complication, forcing them to perform an urgent procedure.

In one test, a resident had to perform a bronchoscopy, which involves the surgeon making an incision in the patient's throat to access blocked airways. Sometimes, this also involves inserting a camera into the lungs to find problems. The resident using VitalStream recognized the problem 8.8 seconds faster than the control group who didn't wear Google Glass.

Another test required doctors to perform a thoracostomy tube placement through the chest wall to drain fluids. Those using the VitalStream app recognized hypertension in the patient 10.5 seconds faster than those in the control group. 


Furthermore, those using Glass looked up at monitoring equipment less than those in the control group, which allowed them to focus better on the patient and procedure.

Learn more about the study in the video below.