Study: Cell phones help more than hurt in hospital

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

February 1, 2006

A new study by the Yale School of Medicine shows that cell phones help to reduce medical errors by facilitating better communication. The devices are also now more technologically advanced, making interference with medical equipment increasingly unlikely, according to a Yale press release.

The study, published in the February Anesthesia & Analgesia, shows that anesthesiologists who used cell phones were less likely to experience delays in receiving information than those who use pagers. The study was based on a survey of more than 4,000 respondents who were attending an anesthesiology conference in 2003.

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