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Midlothian, IL
A 25-year-old male asked:

How come they used to tell you to turn your cell phone off at the hospital? why is this no longer than case? even doctors use them now

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Good observation: I do not know if there was a specific reason and different facilities may have different rules and regulations, but my guess is that it had to do with 2 things: failure to enforce the rule and demand, supported by the fact that the extra noise would not make a difference due to the baseline noise level. For caregivers the need for real time two-way communication may explain it.
Last updated Jun 3, 2015

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