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Old 12-15-2011, 09:05 AM   #1
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Electronic Distractions in the Hospital

doctors and nurses can be focused on the screen and not the patient, even during moments of critical care. And they are not always doing work; examples include a neurosurgeon making personal calls during an operation, a nurse checking airfares during surgery and a poll showing that half of technicians running bypass machines had admitted texting during a procedure.

Research on the subject is beginning to emerge. A peer-reviewed survey of 439 medical technicians published this year in Perfusion, a journal about cardio-pulmonary bypass surgery, found that 55 percent of technicians who monitor bypass machines acknowledged to researchers that they had talked on cellphones during heart surgery. Half said they had texted while in surgery.

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Old 12-16-2011, 05:18 AM   #2
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Half said they had texted while in surgery.
Maybe they were texting another surgeon for advice.

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Maybe they're playing Words With Friends with Alec Baldwin.
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