Texting and surfing can distract from patient care

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

February 4, 2015

As if there wasn’t enough to distract surgeons, apparently the smartphone is moving in as well.

As a recent article in The Bulletin of Central Oregon shows, the smartphone is becoming one of the more important medical devices found in hospitals and clinics today, but at a cost.

The smartphone allows the outside world to encroach on doctors and other healthcare personnel, often at the most inopportune times, according to the article.

Patient safety group ECRI listed distractions from smartphones among its top 10 technology hazards in healthcare in 2013, and in recent years, medical errors have occurred while doctors or other members of the surgical team were looking at their cellphones, texting, surfing the Internet or posting to social media, the report added.