2005-10-29 00:00:00

Should hospitals lift bans on cell phones?

We’ve all suspected the cell phone ban in hospitals makes about as much sense as banning cell phones on aircraft. Here’s an interesting take on the topic in in an audio format at Future Tense. Jon says:

Many hospitals and clinics across the U.S. forbid the use of cell phones in rooms containing medical equipment. No-phone polices were borne of fear that phones will cause electrical interference that could cause medical devices to malfunction. Cell phone restrictions can be an inconvenience to patients, their family and friends.

But researchers at Mayo Clinic say they’re close to concluding that today’s cell phones do NOT interfere with medical equipment, and probably never have.

Mayo cardiologist David Hayes has just published a new study - his second on the topic - that fails again to find any significant problem with cell phone interference.

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