Technology Could Reduce OR Surgery Times, Risk of Infection

Vision-based hand gesture recognition technology could be the way of the future for hospital or ASC operating rooms, as it could help reduce the risk of infection and delays in surgery, according to Purdue University news release.

The technology relies on hand gestures as commands, which can control robotic nurses or tell computers to display pertinent patient health information, said Juan Pablo Wachs, assistant professor of industrial engineering at Purdue University. The vision-based hand gesture recognition technology could also be used for the coordination of emergency response activities during disasters.

Although vision-based hand gesture technology shows some promise, there are still quite a few kinks to work out. Dr. Wachs says one challenge will be developing proper hand poses and trajectory movements for the commands as well as creating computer capabilities to understand the context in which hand gestures are made.

Read the news release about vision-based hand gesture recognition technology.

Read other coverage about OR efficiency:

- How to Ensure Maximum Operating Room Utilization: Q&A With Dawn Q. McLane of Health Inventures

- 5 Common Mistakes Affecting Hospital ORs

- 3 Steps to Improving Efficiency in Your Hospital's OR

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