Reader Poll: What Do You Think of Cell Phones in the OR?

July 17, 2015

Physicians and medical groups such as the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons have spoken out about restricting nonmedical cell phone use in healthcare settings and in the operating room (OR).

They say that checking smart phones for anything other than vital health data can be a distraction and lead to medical errors. No federal regulations have been put in place to prohibit physicians or other healthcare professionals from using their phones while in surgery or anywhere else. And no group tracks whether hospitals have adopted rules for cellphone use.

But as people become increasingly glued to their phones, the lack of guidance could have big consequences.


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