Yeah, I made a boo-boo with my cell phone the other day, but it was kinda urgent at the time. I am on orientation in the OR and we were wrapping up a case, the Dr. was closing the skin, everything had been done. I had been trying for several days to get my daughter in to the Dr. to get her refill on her ADHD meds that she's been out of for a couple of weeks. Anywho, my friend works for the Dr. and she sent me a text telling me that a cancellation came up and she was scheduling my daughter for the next day at 3:30, I was like..o crap..I have a dentist appointment that day, so I whipped out my cell just to text her and tell her I would call her in a few minutes about the appointment and not to leave the office. The nurse I was with fussed at me pretty hard for doing that, and I was upset with myself that I did it, but I had debated it for a few minutes and I figured it wouldn't hurt to send a quick text, afterall, the nurse that reprimanded me was looking on the internet at sexy halloween costumes with one of the scrub techs. I figured if they thought it was appropriate to do that, then I should be ok to take care of my business as long as it was done quickly and didn't take my attention away from the case, which it didn't at all. Of course the nurse I was with reported this to the educator that is over us right now, but she really didn't come down to hard, just reminded us all to keep cell phones out of the OR.
I have never used my cell phone before this time during a case. I have it on me, on vibrate, and if someone calls or texts I always wait until the case is over or when I take a break. If I think it may be urgent then I will step out of the room for a sec to take the call. I just made a spur of the moment decision that time, and I'm sure it could have waited, but I knew the office was closing and I needed my friend to wait at the office so I could talk to her. I really thought the nurse and the scrub tech looking at the halloween costumes on the internet was more inappropriate than what I did, I mean the Surgeon's eyes were bugging out of his head so he could get a look at some of them...LOL! I didn't report that to anyone, but I probably should have, but I didn't want it to seem like I was trying to make light of what I did. Well, lesson learned, won't happen again!