Smartphones Appear on Health Technology Hazard List
“Smartphone distraction” by health care workers emerged as number nine on a list of the 10 top health technology hazards.
The first-time mention of smartphones on the health technology hazards list issued by the ECRI Institute highlights the recent rise in the number of users -- and a rise in the number of related problems in a health care setting, according to Medcity News.
Clinical teams have benefited from the smartphones and other devices that put information at their fingertips. But the ability to immediately address work-related concerns or conduct personal business on such devices means that in critical and emergency medical situations, such distractions are bound to be risky.
The report suggests that since smartphone-related distractions and errors are on the rise, best practices for its use in a health care setting need to be developed, writes Medcity News.
The other potential health technology hazards on the list include radiation dosages and infusion-pump-related medical errors, reports Medcity News.