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The distracted doctor in this context is someone who uses their smartphone, iPad etc, whilst working. Instances include technicians who talk or text on their cell phone during surgery, or junior doctors checking Facebook.
Dr. Papadakos who has published an article on electronic distraction was quoted:
“You justify carrying devices around the hospital to do medical records,” he said. “But you can surf the Internet or do Facebook, and sometimes, for whatever reason, Facebook is more tempting.”
“My gut feeling is lives are in danger. We’re not educating people about the problem, and it’s getting worse.”
Is electronic distraction a problem where you work? Is it ok to quickly text or check Facebook now and again whilst at work? Or is it indefensible because it could be putting a patient's safety at risk? Do you suffer from electronic distraction?