Despite losing time off work and suffering a considerable injury, many patients are willing to forgive a prescription drug mistake. Accidents happen, they think, and it wouldn’t be worth it to get into a big legal hassle over an easy mistake.
But would they be so quick to forget if they knew that their doctor made the error because he was making vacation plans?
This may be the case for patients as doctors are increasingly reliant on their smartphones, tablets and internet access. According to a recent article in the surgery journal Perfusion, electronic distraction is a growing - and worrying - trend.
Researchers interviewed a group of medical technicians to find out about their use of personal electronic devices at work. Of these 439 technicians:
- 55 percent had used their cellphones to make calls while they were in charge of monitoring cardiac bypass machines.
- About half of technicians admitted to texting while involved in surgery.
Interestingly, respondents admitted that their use of electronic devices was a bad idea. Half of those surveyed said that they considered texting or talking on the phone during surgery to be “always an unsafe practice.”
These distractions are not only happening in operating rooms. Cellphone use, social networking and online gaming are rampant in workplaces across the country and, if your pharmacy technician was distracted, he may be liable for your injury.
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