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Does the use of smartphones contribute to surgical errors?

We have become increasingly dependent on personal electronic devices, and surgeons are no exception. Smartphones typically top the list of "must-have" devices. They often take the user's attention away from what they are supposed to be doing. While surgeons are known for their professional commitment, they are just as vulnerable to distraction as anyone else is.

Smartphones are often invaluable to medical personnel. They allow surgeons to readily communicate with other staff members and access information that helps treat patients. However, when medical professionals use their phones for other reasons, issues may arise.

This is a bigger problem than many people believe. According to the ECRI Institute, smartphone distraction was one of the top ten health care hazards as far back as 2013. As phones have continued to improve, it makes sense to assume that these devices may be responsible for distraction-related surgical errors that have occurred more recently.

Taking a proactive approach before your surgery could help you avoid a distraction-related surgical error. Speak to your surgeon about any concerns you might have over smartphone use in the surgical suite. If your surgeon knows that you understand how such devices can negatively affect your procedure, they will probably be more likely to practice caution and pay attention to your procedure. This conversation might also alert the surgeon that you are prepared to seek a legal remedy if you do suffer injury because of any distractions among your surgical team.

If surgical errors have already impacted your family, it is wise to talk with an injury attorney to find out what you can do to rectify your situation. With the right compensation for your injuries, you will have a much better chance of returning to your pre-injury way of life.

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