About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us

Usage of Cell Phones in Hospitals Poses Danger: Study

by Medindia Content Team on September 8, 2007 at 7:54 PM
Usage of Cell Phones in Hospitals Poses Danger: Study

Dutch researchers said on Thursday that usage of cell phones near important equipment or hospital beds is dangerous and could disrupt pacemakers or switch off ventilators. Nearly 50 incidents of electromagnetic interference from cell phone usage in hospitals was recorded by the researchers of the University of Amsterdam and classified 75 percent of them as significant or hazardous.

Because of this cell phones should come no closer than one meter to hospital beds and equipment, said the researchers who published their study in BioMed Central's online open access journal Critical Care.


"Critical care equipment is vulnerable to electromagnetic interference by new-generation wireless telecommunication technologies with median distances of about 3 centimeters," they wrote.

The study contradicts a study earlier this year from researchers at the Mayo Clinic who found that 300 tests over a five-month period turned up no noticeable interference with important hospital equipment due to regular cell phone use.

The Dutch team -- which tested 61 different medical devices -- found that most of the incidents stemmed from the latest General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) signal, a new-generation technology that allows things such as wireless Internet access.

Other malfunctions they attributed to electromagnetic interference included complete stops with no alarms in syringe pumps and incorrect pulsing by an external pacemaker.

Source: Reuter
Font : A-A+



Recommended Readings

Latest Hospital News

25 Minutes of Walking is Better Than Bedrest for Older Patients
Researchers analyzed the optimal dose and type of physical activity to improve recovery and minimize adverse events in hospitalized older adults.
Power of Shared Medical Appointments: Research Insight
Understanding the impact of shared medical appointments on patients' well-being and actions has been explored by researchers.
Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria on the Rise: Implications of Kenyan Hospital Visits
Among individuals admitted to hospitals, 66% were found to be colonized with bacteria that displayed resistance to third-generation cephalosporins.
 Prehabilitation: Preparing Patients for Surgery Boosts Outcomes
Is prehabilitation associated with improved outcomes in patients undergoing orthopedic surgery? Yes, it improved overall function in comparison with usual care.
 Surgical Road Map for Healthcare Welfare in Low- And Middle-Income Countries
An exploratory investigation in Ghana revealed that surgical site infection was a statistically significant variable in determining postoperative healthcare costs.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
Greetings! How can I assist you?MediBot

Usage of Cell Phones in Hospitals Poses Danger: Study Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests