Smart Glasses for Anesthesia Care: Initial Focus Group Interviews with Specialized Health Care Professionals
Purpose: Smart glasses are a kind of wearable technology that gives users sustained, hands-free access to
data and can transmit and receive information wirelessly. Earlier studies have suggested that smart glasses have the potential to improve patient safety in anesthesia care. Research regarding health care
professionals’ views of the potential use of smart glasses in anesthesia care is limited. The purpose of this
study was to describe anesthesia health care professionals’ views of smart glasses before clinical use.
Design: A qualitative descriptive study.
Methods: Data were collected from focus group interviews and analyzed using thematic content analysis.
Findings: Three categories of participants’ views of smart glasses were created during the analysis: views
of integrating smart glasses in clinical setting; views of customized functionality of smart glasses; and
views of being a user of smart glasses. One theme, striving for situational control, was identified in the
Conclusions: Smart glasses were seen as a tool that can impact and improve access to patient-related
information, and aid health care professionals in their struggle to gain situational control during anesthesia care. These are factors related to increased patient safety.
Anesthesia; smart glasses; physiological monitoring; patient safety; qualitative research
Enlöf, P., Romare, C., Jildenstål, P., Ringdal, M., & Skär, L. (2021). Smart Glasses for Anesthesia Care: Initial Focus Group Interviews with Specialized Health Care Professionals. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 36(1), 47–53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jopan.2020.06.019