PESHAWAR: The Lady Reading Hospital Medical Teaching Institution Peshawar on Thursday banned the use of mobile phones in operation theatres.
A notification issued by Lady Reading Hospital medical director read, “There will be a complete ban on use of mobile phone in operation theatres (regular OTs/ Emergency Department OTs) and all kind of staff have to keep their mobile in the lockers.”
The notification added, “Anyone found violating the order, their mobile will be confiscated and disciplinary action will be initiated against him/her.”
According to a research, as many as 66% surgeons are using their mobile phones in operation theatres and intensive care units (ICUs) of hospitals.
Some researchers argue that mobiles should be kept at a safe distance from the medical department as electromagnetic radiation (EMR) produced by the mobiles can be quite dangerous.
However, others have found that the electromagnetic radiation is not as hazardous as it is believed to be.