Mobile phones 'do not interfere with medical equipment'

Mobile phones do not interfere with medical equipment in hospitals, according to research conducted by a US hospital group.

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Mobile phones do not interfere with medical equipment in hospitals, according to research conducted by a US hospital group.

The Mayo Clinic said its tests showed that normal use of mobile phones caused no interference with patient care equipment.

Hospitals in the US, the UK and other countries are stringent about patients turning off their mobile devices when inside their buildings, as it is claimed such devices may cause hospital machines to malfunction.

Reuters reports that Mayo Clinic conducted 300 interference tests run over five months, including turning mobiles on and off near medical kit, and reported no trouble with the equipment.

Mayo did however report that there was potential interference problems between CD players and electrocardiographic (ECG) devices, and shop entrance alarms with people fitted with pacemakers and defibrillators.

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That study is quite old, but I do still sometimes see signs in hospitals asking visitors to turn of their cell phones. It doesn't seem to be enforced, though. 

I work in patient satisfaction, and I know the lengths that some hospitals will go to in order to keep patients content. I imagine removing the cell phone restriction would definitely make patients and their visitors happy to no longer have to deal with that inconvenience, as it apparently is not necessary.
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