Not sure how widespread smartphone use for personal reasons during medical procedures is (never run across it personally), but ‘where there is smoke, there is fire.’ Would strike me fairly simple to have operating rooms smartphone-free zones and the like, if common sense is not that common.
My question is this: why would it even be remotely necessary for a professional organization to issue a no-brainer directive like this to otherwise intelligent, educated health care professionals?
I guess it’s because it’s just so hard to keep up with Level 19 on Tetris when that stupid patient needs your attention, isn’t it?
During a conference speech in Munich last summer, German Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen echoed these questions when she called smartphones “the terrorist in your pocket.”
“You are always present. You are always reachable. You are always online. Use your devices, but don’t let them dominate your life, and defend your right to be offline.”
One might also add that patients may now need to defend their own right to safe and focused medical attention during all health care procedures.