We used to have a policy of no cell phones, because they supposedly interferred with the cardiac monitors.
But that's changed and we allow cell phones because the new generation has no effect on the monitors.
Cell phones are so pervasive in our society. We fly patients from all over the area to our trauma unit and they and their families need the cell phones to maintain contact with each other and to update other familiy members.
I think it's a bad idea to restrict cell phone usage. As long as it does no harm to anyone. As evidenced by the posts above, it's difficult and timeconsuming to enforce anyway. My disclaimer was as long as it does no harm.
Don't get me started on staff using their cell phones while working.