Smart Glasses for Anesthesia Care: Initial Focus Group Interviews with Specialized Health Care Professionals

Per Enlöf, Charlotte Romare, Pether Jildenstål, Mona Ringdal, Lisa Skär

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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 analysis.

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Perianesthesia Nursing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021-Feb
Externally publishedYes

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Nursing (30305)


  • Anesthesia/methods
  • Anesthesiologists/psychology
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Patient Safety
  • Smart Glasses


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