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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Mobile phones in hospitals - more good than harm?

Communication in Critical Care Environments: Mobile Telephones Improve Patient Care -- Soto et al. 102 (2): 535 -- Anesthesia & Analgesia

This article in the current issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia suggests that the benefits in rapid communication brought about by the use of mobile phones are likely to outweigh any small risks of electromagnetic interference between mobile telephones and medical devices.

The paper is based on 4018 questionnaires completed at the 2003 meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

According to a commentary on this in the Guardian it is unlikely that the blanket ban on the use of mobile phones in NHS hospitals will be changed.

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