Survey: Nurses back ward mobile bans
The majority of nurses believe that hospital nurses should be banned from using their own mobile phone and similar devices on the wards, despite the explosion in the availability and functions of smartphones.
More and more health professionals have access to a smartphone that could potentially help with drug calculations and other clinical information, as well as communication with colleagues. However, they also pose a distraction from patient care and possibly an infection control risk.
Of the 2,147 survey respondents who answered a question on the issue, 57% said hospital staff should not be allowed to use their own mobile phone on the wards. This compared to 26% who thought it was OK and 17% who said they were “unsure”.
Guidance published by the Royal College of Nursing in August 2012 warned nurses to be aware of the risks of breaching patient confidentiality when using smartphone applications to make clinical decisions or record and send patient information.
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