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1 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 Y ou might have a pol- icy that bans cell phones from the OR and other patient-care areas, but not everybody follows the rules, do they? "Some obey and others do not," says Karen Walker, RN, direc- tor of the Mid- South Endoscopy Center in Columbia, Tenn., who often catches staff carrying phones in their scrub pockets when they're sup- posed to keep them in their purses or lockers and only use them at break times and at lunch. She's hardly alone. Nearly three-fourths (72%) of the 410 respondents to last month's Outpatient Surgery poll say that their staff bring their cell phones into the OR "often" (22%) or "very often" (50%). Keep Your Staff's Cell Phones Out of the ORs Ideas Work P r a c t i c a l p e a r l s f r o m y o u r c o l l e a g u e s That • RESTRICTED AREA Do you require your staff to leave phones in their lockers at the beginning of the day?

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