It’s fairly common for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to use smart phones in the operating room (OR). They may check medication dosages or search for important medical information. However, sometimes, those cell phones are used for non-medical purposes and a nursing group says that when that happens, there's a serious risk of medical errors.
There are a number of reasons why doctors and nurses may use cell phones in a operating room. For instance, sometimes a doctor may need to text the patient's relatives for important information, or may need to look up information about the disease. There's no doubt that the use of smart phones is important in the OR.
However, in an increasing number of cases, doctors as well as nurses are using smart phones for non-medical reasons inside the operating room. According to a report by NPR, you can now find medical personnel chatting, looking at Facebook status updates, playing games, and performing a variety of other non-medical-related activities using their smart phones in the operating room.