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Is texting and email checking in OT allowed?
Dr KK Aggarwal & Advocate Ira Gupta,  20 November 2019
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In operating room, long cases allow anesthesiologists, circulating nurses, as well as perfusionists to access their cell phones. Checking email, sending texts, and surfing the net, can be potential hazards to patients, when personnel need to be focused on patient monitoring. Boredom drives staff to check their phones and messaging devices. This is a growing problem in operating rooms.Half of technicians, who run bypass machines, text during surgery, according to peer-reviewed survey of 439 medic...
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