February 9th, 2007


cell phones in American hospitals

My boyfriend and I were debating something tonight, and it's something which may or may not factor into a story I am writing:

The hospital where he works (he's a nurse) doesn't permit nurses to carry cell phones (at least switched on) on the clinical floors, supposedly due to telemetry concerns. However, the hospital where I used to be on staff allowed attendings, residents, and research staff with equal rank (faculty and post-docs) to carry working cell phones and these were even starting to be used for official business in place of pagers. I believe frequencies were checked on issued phones (and pagers) to avoid telemetry problems though.

For other medical people on the list, what have been your experiences at your institutions with this situation?