Are Guidelines Needed for Cell Phones in he OR?

There are no federal regulations or quality measures that address cell phone use in the OR, but some say the time for clear-cut guidelines has come.

They cite errors and lax safety procedures that have resulted from physicians and nurses distracted by cell phone use.

But others point out that cell phones allow them to address patient-care issues much faster, such as viewing patient information and lab results or communicating with colleagues in other parts of the hospital during a surgical procedure.

Source: OR Manager/KHN