Healthcare professionals' views of smart glasses in intensive care: A qualitative study

Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2018 Apr;45:66-71. doi: 10.1016/j.iccn.2017.11.006. Epub 2017 Dec 29.


Objective: The aim of this study was to describe healthcare professionals' views of smart glasses before their implementation in an intensive care unit, both regarding quality of use of the glasses and to identify possible intensive care situations where the glasses could be used to increase patient safety.

Methods: Data were generated through focus group interviews and analysed using thematic content analysis.

Findings: The findings describe participants' views of smart glasses divided into three categories; Smart glasses to facilitate work at intensive care unit; Quality of use and Utilisation. Participants assumed smart glasses to cause both effect and affect in intensive care. Participants' concern for patients arose recurrently and through their concern intention to work to promote patient safety.

Conclusion: Smart glasses are suggested as a complement to existing monitoring and routines and cannot replace human presence in intensive care.

Keywords: Critical care; Focus groups; Intensive care units; Monitoring physiologic; Patient safety; Patient-centred care; Qualitative research; Smart glasses; Surveillance.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Eyeglasses / standards*
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units / organization & administration
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mobile Applications / standards*
  • Patient Safety / standards*
  • Perception*
  • Qualitative Research