Doctors Want Their Mobile Phones

from the please,-please-let-us-connect dept

There have been some questions lately on why exactly hospitals ban mobile phones. The common reasoning, of course, is that the phones may interfere with medical equipment -- but most medical equipment is pretty well shielded, and there are lots of other items, such as emergency service radios that would seem likely to cause a lot more interference, but don't. So, now, many doctors in the UK are standing up and saying the ban on mobile phones should be dropped. They point out that risks are minimal, and it would make their lives much easier. They also point out (probably quite accurately) that they're positive plenty of people are wandering around hospitals all the time with mobile phones turned on in their pockets, and they don't see why they should be banned. Of course, there are other reasons for keeping mobile phones away from doctors -- such as the fact that they can pick up germs. Good thing there's now a sterilizing phone charger.
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    JJ, 7 Jul 2004 @ 12:56am

    Germ-ridden phones and ties

    No cell phones? And no ties? Why stop there?

    Everything the doctor wears has germs, right? My Ivy League educated doc dresses to the nines - navy pinstriped suit (maybe $2,000?), mirror-shined shoes that must go for 6 or 7 hundred, and of course the designer silk tie. Next time I see him, I'll demand that he step out of the tasseled Italian loafers and the Brooks Brothers socks, (germs, you know!) and hand over his tie - and the monogrammed cufflinks (you just don't know WHERE they've been!) and of course, the cell phone. Then, when he's barefoot and tieless, I'll allow him to proceed.

    I MIGHT allow him to keep the fancy business suit - but I MAY threaten a lawsuit....if he doesn't swap the tailored Armani for a hosptal gown. Now THAT is germ-free!

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