cell-phone-risks.jpg According to a study conducted by Erik Jan van Lieshout, MD, and his colleagues from the University of Amsterdam, cell phones may interfere with critical care equipment like ventilators and external pacemakers. Keeping this in mind, Dutch doctors have now asked people to turn off their cell phones when they are in hospital. The results of the study is published online in Critical Care.

a. Cell phones should be kept at least one meter away from medical equipment and hospital beds.
b. This is because cell phones cause electromagnetic interference in hospital equipment.
c. Researchers tested cell phones near 61 medical devices in the hospital.
d. It was seen that 48 "incidents" in 26 devices was the result of the proximity of the cell phones.
e. A third of those incidents were dangerous like switching off and restarting a mechanical ventilator, stopping syringe pumps without setting off an alarm and causing incorrect pulses in an external pacemaker.
f. 42 per cent of the incidents were "significant" but not dangerous like incorrectly setting off an alarm or inaccurately monitoring blood pressure.
g. The remaining incidents were minor like disruptions of monitor displays.