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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Feb 27, 2013

According to recent findings, an increased number of reports have surfaced of doctors taking personal phone calls during operations, and nurses surfing the internet during surgery. In a 2010 study by the cardiovascular journal, Perfusion, researchers found that 55% of the 439 medical technicians had sent texts while performing a cardiopulmonary bypass. The study also saw an alarming rate of personal shopping on their smartphones and even checking emails.

In Colorado, a patient of distracted medical staff was left partially paralyzed, while the doctor took at least 10 personal calls on his phone during surgery. The case settled out of court, but this is just one case out of many which are from completely avoidable mistakes. Even hospitals have been feeling the heat from these victims of technology and may face lawsuits for employing negligent staff.

Some hospitals are attempting to minimize these errors by creating rules regarding the use of technology, in order to decrease distraction. A few places are experimenting with software which can help separate the personal and the professional functions of tablets and cellphones. Hospitals are also trying to motivate their staff to report this kind of negligence when they see it.

Medical malpractice can lead to a lifetime of complications, or even death. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a distracted doctor; make sure to find a trusted attorney who specializes in holding these professionals accountable. Don’t let someone else’s online shopping addiction or personal phone calls create financial and mental hardships for you and your family.