Use of mobile phones in hospitals

Derbyshire, S.W.G. and Burgess, Adam (2006) Use of mobile phones in hospitals. British Medical Journal, 333 (7572). pp. 767-768. ISSN 0959-8146. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.38995.599769.80) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Mobile phones are widely used, but their use is still restricted in certain places including petrol stations, some areas in hospitals, and aircraft. Restrictions have been justified on the grounds of public safety, but the reasons behind these restrictions are often unclear. In hospitals, patients, visitors, and staff routinely breeze through wards with their mobile phones switched on. As yet we have no evidence that this behaviour has serious consequences for patients. The lack of such evidence has encouraged the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to advise more selective restrictions on the use of mobile phones in hospitals (box).1 While welcoming this relaxation, we wonder why it has taken so long to happen and why it has the feeling of extracting a generous concession. The liberalisation sits alongside proposed new restrictions, such as a ban on the use of camera phones in patient areas. The regulations also fail to criticise the previous ones, which were overcautionary. Paradoxically, the new rules may be even more restrictive than the old ones.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: editorial, health care policy, hospital, medical instrumentation, mobile phone, priority journal, Cellular Phone, Great Britain, Guidelines, Legislation, Hospital
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2013 11:51 UTC
Last Modified: 13 May 2014 13:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36543 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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