This section has been reviewed and updated as needed: April 2012
The purpose of this policy is to provide reasonable and appropriate policies and procedures for safe use of cellular telephones and other wireless communication devices. This policy addresses the potential risk of electromagnetic interference to medical equipment, the safe use of cellular telephones while driving a motor vehicle, and prohibits the use of camera telephones, PDAs or Blackberries within UNC Health Care for the purpose of taking pictures of patients in violation of HIPAA regulations.
Employee, Faculty, Students, and Staff
The use of WCDs by employees, faculty, students and staff in occupied patient rooms shall be limited as much as practical. Individuals using WCDs will be trained regarding the potential for EMI from the use of these devices. In areas where patients are dependent on life-support equipment, as in all Critical Care and Step-Down units, the Emergency Department, the Operating Rooms and Procedure areas, PACU, Labor and Delivery, Dialysis, McLendon Laboratories, all Radiology areas including Imaging Suites, MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine and Linear Accelerators, Cardiac Catheterization, EKG, EEG, and the CNP Sleep Laboratories the use of WCDs are to be restricted as much as possible. The following guidelines, listed in order of preferred compliance, shall be adhered to if at all possible in patient sensitive areas:
- Individuals are to leave the patient sensitive area prior to using the WCD. Interference created by radio frequency devices is minimized as the distance between the radio frequency device and the affected equipment is increased.
- WCDs shall be at least 3 feet from any energized medical equipment in areas designated above.