In countries such as the UK and France, surgeons have started to use technology in their operation procedures called Google glass technology.
It is simply glasses which allow medical surgeons to broadcast their operations live .This image broadcasted allows the viewer to look at how a medical procedure is being done but in the eyes of the surgeon, talk about being in somebody’s shoes!
The people to whom the events are broadcast are not people like you and I, the filming is not broadcasted to the whole nation like in television series. Instead, it is broadcasted to a select group of people; medical students by laptop, phone and computer devices. This would allow students to see procedures first hand and even ask questions, if they would like, on these procedures without the risk of being a distraction to the surgeon and thus a danger in the operation.
This new technology that has been mentioned in the headlines can also allow surgeons to seek the advice of other surgeons on the procedures being done and because what the surgeon sees the other broadcasters see, it’s easier to do so.
But obviously, as good as this new technology seems to many medical students and medical professionals alike, it’s important that informed consent is asked. The patient must be asked and given permission before us.
Also, there are still problems regarding the technology itself that needs to be tweaked. Although footage of surgical procedures can be loaded, the technology can crash if the procedure being filmed is quite long. If this crashing would continue, medical professionals would not be able to fully make decisions and discuss about longer operations. Or even worse, they may stop an important procedure just to put on a new pair of the glasses!
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