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Preventing Misuse of Personal Cell Phones in Healthcare Settings

Personal cell phones have become ubiquitous. Small in size, they are now capable of accessing the Internet, text messaging, instant messaging and picture/audio-video recording. In 2008 it was estimated that more than 200 million cell phones were equipped with cameras. These increased features permit convenient, easy communication for anyone who is using a cell phone, whether for professional reasons or for personal use. They also pose a liability risk in the health care setting, both for the patient and for the practitioner. For detailed information on interventions that can help mitigate the risk of the misuse of camera cell phones to the patient and to the health care provider see the November Risk Management insert. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Carol McGlone, RN, BS, Risk Manager, Department of Legal Services, call (614) 722-3946.

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