Mobile communication regulations updated: how safely are doctors’ telephones used?
- 1University of Birmingham Medical School, Birmingham, UK
- 2Postgraduate Education Centre, City Hospital, Birmingham, UK
- Correspondence to: Dr J Coleman Postgraduate Education Centre, City Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham B18 7QH, UK;
Mobile telephone use in British hospitals was previously restricted, based on the 1997 Medical Devices Agency guidelines.1 These guidelines reflected concerns that mobile phones generate electromagnetic interference which can interfere adversely with electronic medical devices. Sensible precautionary measures have led to calls to decrease the restrictions on mobile telephone usage within hospitals.2,3 Updated guidelines have recently been published which aim to clarify inconsistent policies among healthcare organisations.4
Many doctors find that mobile telephones are a convenient method of communicating within …