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2 7 J U N E 2 0 1 4 | O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E William Landess, CRNA, MS, JD MEDICAL MALPRACTICE Don't Give in to the Gadget Distracted doctoring is the new legal minefield. T he term "distracted doctoring" is being heard more and more fre- quently, but the phenomenon isn't limited to physicians. Anyone and everyone — nurses, PAs, NPs, CRNAs, OR staff, even admin- istrators — can be held negligent, and therefore culpable, if they choose to pay more attention to their electronic devices than their patients. Mobile devices are here to stay and we should be grateful. The tech- nology is wonderful. It lets us instantly dial up a diagnosis, a drug dose or a colleague to consult with. The devices are more valuable than can ever be measured. They give us immediate access to the entire world of medicine, right at our fingertips. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN IMPULSE CONTROL Electronic devices in the OR aren't the prob- lem. The problem is our inability to control how we use them. OSE_1406_part1_Layout 1 6/6/14 3:44 PM Page 27

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