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Doctors Distracted by Electronic Devices… | June 22, 2021

Do you know what happens during surgery?

Cut…open…correct…sew.

Maybe some background music. Hip if the doctor likes that. Or classical.

Well, not exactly.

You might be surprised. Or horrified to learn the truth.

How about your technician who’s running the bypass machine texting during the procedure…

Or the nurse checking airfares…

And your neurosurgeon chatting away on a personal phone call?

That’s right. Electronic devices have not only taken over our culture. They’ve taken over the operating room!

While some medical schools are teaching would-be doctors to use electronic devices – hopefully for diagnostic purposes – other medical staff prefer to check eBay.

Various high-profile cases have illustrated the deadly effects that doctor distraction can have.

The most famous case happened in Texas where a woman died after her oxygen levels fell during surgery. The anesthesiologist, who failed to notice the issue for 20 minutes, was accused of emailing and texting during the procedure.

In 2014, comedian Joan Rivers passed away due to complications during a minor throat surgery. During the operation, one doctor took cell phone photos of the comedian. Investigators didn’t find that this behavior directly caused the complications, but it may have contributed to the final outcome.

In another case, a resident began using her phone to enter an order to discontinue an inpatient’s blood-thinner order. In the middle of doing that, the resident was distracted by a text message from a friend asking about plans for an upcoming party.

She never finished entering the order, and the patient later required open-heart surgery to remove blood filling the sac around his heart.

It’s a problem. And an epidemic.

One might say that technology rules. In this age and era, doctors are almost born with cell phones in their hands. Texting, talking, searching, researching, buying, selling, planning and so on. They’re also expected to be available 24/7.

That’s part of the problem. And, in part, that explains “distracted doctoring”.

While distraction is particularly concerning in the operating room, emergency room, and critical care areas, it can impact all healthcare settings — including the office practice.

Personal electronic devices can create a digital distraction so engrossing that it consumes awareness, potentially preventing healthcare providers from focusing on the primary task at hand — caring for and interacting with patients.

The consequences can be devastating.

Attending to a patient’s complex care needs is a high-risk activity that requires undivided attention presence in the moment to ensure the safety and protection of others.

The patient is in the doctor’s hands. Literally and figuratively.

They have put their faith and trust into the medical professional’s experience and expertise. Hands that may hold the power of life or death.

Not whether the cell phone has an incoming text.

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Resources:

https://www.pfaffgill.com/Articles/Doctors-distracted-by-electronic-devices-may-endanger-many-patients.shtml

https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/patient-support-advocacy/don-t-let-smartphones-distract-care

https://www.reliasmedia.com/articles/142798-electronic-distractions-can-be-costly-to-surgeons-ascs

https://www.thedoctors.com/articles/distracting-devices-in-healthcare-malpractice-implications/

https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/practices/3-ways-guard-against-distracted-doctoring-doctors-company-shelley-rizzo


4 Comments »

  1. And the LIE TO YOU with very convincing words with NO CONSCIOUS maybe a SEARED conscious if they have one,, and the patient is convinced that their doctors & surgeons are totally honest & trustworthy to believe every word they hear from their mouth. And 21 years ago when I was at the NIH, I was told the lies how they were SO GLAD !!! I was there for them to learn from me & to understand what I have had for over 40 years, that they may never have known from anyone else they have had there at NIH in those 40 years that THEY COULD LEARN FROM ME !! BUT when the FACTS & REALITY HAPPENED ad it did there after 9 days, one doctor told me when I asked about that,, she said to me,, ”it’s all a coincidence that whatever happened would have happened anyway.” SURE, and the same things all happened at home the same way from the same root cause or TRIGGERS as everyone else loves that term better than root cause, as a ROOT CAUSE has to be 1st, before any trigger is forming to make a seizure happen. However can’t understand that is not ever going to realize or live reality, as I have lived enough FANTASY with drugs & other FALSE promises. Look what they all project our seizure life WILL or CAN be. OUR REALITY & LIFE never matches their words. But we are to believe in them no matter what. Psalm 118:8 It is better to have trust in the Lord, than have confidence in man. << That is the center verse of the Bible as there are 1187 verses before & 1187 verses after that verse.

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    Comment by James D — June 22, 2021 @ 9:13 AM

  2. Reblogged this on Ken's Devotions.

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    Comment by Kenneth — June 22, 2021 @ 10:57 AM

  3. For those of us who wonder if surgery could stop our seizures, the next important question becomes can I trust the surgeons to carry out the operation precisely without any complications?
    Adding any distraction or negligence to the unreliable operation makes the surgery double jeopardy, making us wonder if I’m better off with my seizures than having to live or die from the potential consequences of the risky surgery.
    Therefore, trusting the surgical operation becomes more difficult than having to live with the medical disorder.
    Gerrie

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    Comment by Gerrie — June 23, 2021 @ 3:20 PM

  4. I suggest to everyone that they research their doctors. People spend more time buying a car than selecting a surgeon.

    Interview…second opinion…third opinion…if need be.

    Like

    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — June 23, 2021 @ 3:45 PM


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