1. Surgeons can't ask staff to help them make or receive calls.
2. To avoid signal interference, cell phones should not be within 3 feet of surgical, anesthesia and monitoring equipment.
3. Engage only in urgent or emergent outside communication, minimize personal and routine calls, and keep calls as brief as possible.
4. To minimize use of cell phones, forward incoming calls to desks in the pre-op or PACU areas or to hardwired phones in the OR.
5. Silence ringtones and employ an inaudible signal. Enable a distinct signal for urgent calls via "page" option available on most phones.
6. No unauthorized texting, surfing or game-playing.
7. Avoid sensitive communication near awake or sedated patients.
8. The use of cellular devices to take and transmit photographs should be governed by your HIPAA policy on photography of patients and by government regulations pertaining to patient privacy and confidentiality.
9. Place all personal phones in single-use bags. Staff dispose of the bags after each case.
10. Communication using hardwired phones is subject to the same discipline as cellular technology.
Dennis, Vangie. "10 tips for cell phone use in the OR." Outpatient Surgery Magazine 1 Sept. 2014: 18. Print.