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Some Hospitals Now Allowing Cell Phone Use

Don't be surprised to see people chatting on their cell phones the next time you visit a hospital. According to Techdirt, a recent study found benefit in allowing mobile phone usage in hospitals, including improved communication among staff and lower error rates. Another study de-bunked the universal myth that cell phones interfere with medical equipment. Some hospitals are even going as far as installing local antennas to lower the likelihood of interference so that patients, docs, and visitors can happily chat away.

Keep in mind that not all hospitals have jumped on-board with this, as they are waiting for further evidence.

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mefph mefph 9 years
I have been hospitalized a dozen times in the past few years, they have always let me use my cell. (I'm in TN.) It's a huge convenience!
jdots24 jdots24 9 years
this is good news!
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 9 years
jhuck jhuck 9 years
When I was doing my placement at the pharmacy at Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto, cell phones were allowed in most of the building, and I'd say 50% of the nurses I saw and all the doctors carried them. The only places that they weren't allowed was in the OR and trauma recovery rooms. When there were emergencies around the hospital you could hear everyone's phones start going off, and the communication between floors for moving patients had apparently increased.
LadyLibertine LadyLibertine 9 years
some nurses and doctors have been using mobile phones in hospital for years my mom is a RN, and told me this ages. It was more when it first came out maybe, but she tells me all the time how they use them.
horcruxes horcruxes 9 years
my cousin was in pediatric ICU and they let her keep her cell phone with her and she was texting everyone... i found that odd, especially when she was under such close surveillance.
millarci millarci 9 years
Technology is amazing.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I wish the emergency room we go to would allow cell phones. Would've come in pret-ty handy last year.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
That'd be cool!
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
great! /:)
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
I think it's a great idea.
jimmalou1978 jimmalou1978 9 years
At the hospital where my husband works (he's a nurse), they give all the nursing staff cell phones to use, so that they can be summoned to a patient's room or back to the desk if a doctor or family member comes up and wants to ask a question. No more looking down the halls for your nurse; just call them on their cell phone. The downside is that even if you go off the floor to take a break, you can still be called. So, unless you ignore your phone (which is really frowned upon), you can't truly take a break during the day.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
great! i think it'll really help with a lot of things. you always see people using their cells in shows/movies.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
It's always been pretty rare for our hospitals to enforce it anyway. If you ask first, they'd almost always allow you to use it.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Wow that's pretty sweet! I hate not being able to use cells in hospitals! With two mega-athletes in my close family I spend A LOT of time in the hospital and it sucks having to use a pay-phone or a public one in the room or going outside when it's minus 30 to call someone!
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