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Questionnaire-based evaluation of mobile phone interference with medical-electrical equipment in Swedish hospitals

Wiinberg, Stig; Samuelsson, Göran; Larsson, Stefan; Nilsson, Barbro; Jönsson, Patrik X.; Ivarsson, Bodil LU and Olofsson, Per Åke (2017) In Technology and Health Care 25(4). p.791-796
Abstract

National recommendations in Sweden recommend a safety distance of 3 meter (m) between mobile phones and medical-electrical (ME) equipment in hospitals. A questionnaire was used to investigate how often mobile phones were reported to interfere with ME products in clinical practice across Sweden. The results confirmed that ME equipment can be affected by mobile phone use but, the risk of the patient's outcome being affected were minimal; no cases were identified which led to injury or death. In conclusion, the results support recommendations for a general safety distance of 0.5 m between mobile phones and ME equipment in care environments.

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cellular phone, Medical devices, mobile phone, patient safety, safety distance
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Technology and Health Care
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25
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4
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6 pages
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IOS Press
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  • scopus:85027515668
  • wos:000407743200017
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0928-7329
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10.3233/THC-170810
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English
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  author       = {Wiinberg, Stig and Samuelsson, Göran and Larsson, Stefan and Nilsson, Barbro and Jönsson, Patrik X. and Ivarsson, Bodil and Olofsson, Per Åke},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {791--796},
  publisher    = {IOS Press},
  series       = {Technology and Health Care},
  title        = {Questionnaire-based evaluation of mobile phone interference with medical-electrical equipment in Swedish hospitals},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/THC-170810},
  volume       = {25},
  year         = {2017},
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