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Interference of medical monitoring equipment by mobile phones

Three Part Question

In [hospital] does the [use of mobile phones] produce [interference with medical monitoring equipment]?

Clinical Scenario

A patient/relative/member of staff has a mobile phone switched on in the Emergency Department. Is there any evidence to suggest that it may affect the Departments Medical Monitoring Equipment.

Search Strategy

OVID interface on the world wide web. 1966 – February 2004.
[exp mobile telephone OR exp mobile phone OR exp cellular telephone OR exp cellular phone OR exp cell telephone OR exp cell phone] LIMIT to human and english language.

Search Outcome

675 results of which 655 were irrelevant. The remaining 20 papers are shown in the table below.