Intended for healthcare professionals


Use of mobile phones in hospitals

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:767

"Malfunctions were observed in 6 out of 8 volumetric pumps and in 1 out of 4 syringe pumps exposed to mobile phones at their maximum output, at distances up to 30 cm."


My title is a direct quote from Calcagnini et al[1], which I don’t
think has been cited before in your journal. Pro-cellular phone people may
say “no problem there”, while anti-cellular phone people may say “continue
the ban”. But all should have a plan as to how the distance of 30 cms can
be realised while the phone and the infusion device are both attached to
the patient, who is often not "critical care" in any way.

[1]Calcagnini G, Floris M, Censi F, Cianfanelli P, Scavino G,
Bartolini P. Electromagnetic interference with infusion pumps from GSM
mobile phones.Health Phys. 2006 Apr;90(4):357-60.

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10 November 2006
Phillip J. Colquitt
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