Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

Summary: Welcome Kinect, the newest member of the surgical team.

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One of the first things a new nursing student learns is how to maintain clean technique when working with patients. Later on, the nursing student steps it up and learns surgical technique -- the amped-up, uber-sterile version of clean technique. The idea is that our environment is rife with disease-causing organisms. There are certain techniques that can be practiced to protect our patients (and ourselves) from infection.

Maintaining a pristine sterile field is extremely important in the operating room. The problem is that doctors sometimes have to step in and out of the sterile field to gather additional information on the state of a patient in surgery.

One such example is the operation of a CT imager, which may require a surgeon to step out of the surgical field to operate the computer with a keyboard and mouse (you don't even want to know how many germs are on a typical keyboard and mouse). The surgeon then has to scrub up to the elbows once again, and then re-enter the surgical field. Rinse, wash, and repeat as needed.

Because of the time and hassle involved in re-scrubbing each time the imager is used, doctors may not use it as often as they might like, or rely on their recollection of the last image they saw.

The following video shows how doctors at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Canada are using the Kinect to solve the "touching dirty things" problem. Since they can just gesture in the air, they can control the computer and adjust images without ever having to sacrifice the sterile field.

Watch the video. It's amazing, and shows where medicine might go with a little help from Kinect. Welcome Kinect, the newest member of the surgical team.

Was that not the coolest use of the Kinect ever? Have you seen any other amazing innovations with the Kinect lately? Let us know in the TalkBacks below.

Topics: Hardware, CXO, Health, Microsoft

About

Denise Amrich is a Registered Nurse, the health care advisor for the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, and a mentor for the Virtual Campus at Florida's Brevard Community College.


Nothing in this article is meant to be a substitute for medical advice, and shouldn't be considered as such. If you are in need of medical help, please see your doctor.

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  • RE: Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

    Apple Kinect - revolutionary. Oh, hang on!
    TKR1
    • RE: Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

      @TKR1
      You mean the iKinect?
      djrraz1
    • RE: Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

      @TKR1

      (Chuckle)
      Hallowed are the Ori
    • Now now, Apple has done some good things too

      @TKR1
      Apple deserves credit for fine tuning what others have released. That isn't always easy.
      toddybottom
      • RE: Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

        @toddybottom @TKR1 I'm not sure where your getting that Apple had a hand in this. Jamie is an engineer that used a Mac but he doesnt work for them.
        MallusLittera
      • RE: Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

        @toddybottom
        what did they fine tune? force fed.
        MoShamlin
    • RE: Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

      @TKR1

      wait a minute.. isn't it iDead now or iRest?
      MoShamlin
  • Sounds excellent!!

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    P. Douglas
    • really?

      @P. Douglas
      you would not want BSOD during the surgery!
      Linux or android is safer folks!
      Linux Geek
      • RE: Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

        @Linux Geek
        I wouldnt want Linux in the OR... at least even Doctors know that all you have to do is reboot to get Windows working again... LOL
        mjlaverty
      • RE: Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

        @Linux Geek Who the hell gets BSOD's anymore? Nobody, that's who. I'm glad the last time you used Windows was way back in 2000.
        Aerowind
      • RE: Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

        @Aerowind
        Its probally because the computer restarts itself after a dump.
        I have seen my share of Win7 Blue screens.. Expec 0x000000ED Because power surge or machine lockup which caused a manual shutdown.
        Anthony E
      • RE: Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

        @Linux Geek
        Should all your arguments always boil down to linux 'fanboy-ism'?
        afedwin
      • RE: Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

        @Anthony E Those are Hardware errors. How do you expect any computer to work around it? Magic?

        These days you would probably seen more Mac's "You need to restart your computer" than a Windows BSOD.
        Samic
      • RE: Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

        @Linux Geek

        Android , FORCE STOP LOL.. as for Linux, be real, it can't even support that technology.
        MoShamlin
  • RE: Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

    So Microsoft really does save lives!
    LoverockDavidson
    • RE: Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

      @LoverockDavidson
      ...and there's no doubt about that!
      afedwin
  • Kinect has been the most innovative product of the millenium

    Microsoft deserves a ton of credit for this product. It is one of those rare products that works even better than advertised.
    toddybottom
  • RE: Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

    Kinect entertains and also save lives for 149.99.
    They can take this thing further than they deamed. I am glad they opened up for people to play with. It also includes a lot of sales for colleages. i wish i could just swipe fully with my xbox with out the use of a remote.
    ser182
  • RE: Xbox Kinect helps surgeons in the operating room

    One must agree that Kinect is one of those great products that doesn't really have to be overemphasized. From entertainment to medical field, this is an amazing invention of Microsoft. One must give to Ceaser's what's his. One must give credit to Microsoft for this product.
    afedwin