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    Doctors Distracted by Electronic Devices
    phylisfeinerjohnson posted:
    Do you know what happens during surgery? Cutâ?¦openâ?¦correctâ?¦sew. Maybe some background music. Hip if the doctor likes that. Or classical.

    Well, not exactly. You might be surprised. Or horrified to learn the truth.

    How about your technician who's running the bypass machine texting during the procedureâ?¦

    Or the nurse checking airfaresâ?¦

    And your neurosurgeon chatting away on a personal phone call?

    That's right. Electronic devices have not only taken over our culture. They've taken over the operating room!

    While some medical schools are teaching would-be doctors to use electronic devices — hopefully for diagnostic purposes — other medical staff prefer to check eBay.

    It's a problem. And an epidemic.

    For more details, see the report in The New York Times:

    Phylis Feiner Johnson
    Hootyowl2 responded:
    It is not terribly surprising. I had some nursing school back in 1982, and the doctors then carried on about like the doctors on MASH did... I can understand some nice music or something, but the other stuff needs to go. The operating room is supposed to be sterile, and no non-sterile items in there. How do they sterilize their cell phones, iPads and other miscellaneous junk ??? That doesnt even take into account the distractions from such things. Doctors were known to leave surgical instruments and sponges , etc inside of patients causing all kinds of harm before all of these gadgets showed up.

    When my kids were little back in the early 80s, there were two cases mentioned in the news where two patients died because the anesthesiologist left them with students who did not know the trach tube had slipped part way out of the patient's trachea, and they were brain dead before the errors were discovered. Students need supervision, and excess gadgets need to be kept out of the O.R.


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