There are signs posted everywhere in our ICU about not using cell phones. I realize that it would be unprofessional to jibberjab through the halls talking, but isn't this idea that it interferes with equipment old school? I mean, I routinely see the docs texting and using their cell phones.
Aug 15, '10
I'm pretty sure this dates back to the dawn of cellular technology (i.e. bag phones and the Zach Morris phone). Nearly every nurse, doctor, and family member who sets foot in my unit has a cell phone on them. I've never seen the monitors have interference.
Our unit also has these obsolete signs posted.
Found a few articles about it: Study: Cell Phone Interference With Medical Devices Lower Than Thought | Trumblog
Interference with Pacemakers and Other Medical Devices
Medical News: Mayo Appears Resistant to Cell Phone Interference - in Public Health & Policy, Practice Management from MedPage Today
Last edit by WalkieTalkie on Aug 15, '10