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  1. #1
    maryann
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    There was a thread here a few months ago about cell phone use in
    hospitals, with plenty of self righteous talk about the "dangers"
    to the patients.

    I spent all of today in John Muir Hospital waiting for the gf to come out
    of surgery, and noticed that each and every hospital employee appears to
    be equipped with a cell phone. Needless to say, they
    seem to think they won't kill the patients that way.



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  2. #2
    Lawrence Glasser
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    Re: cell phone use in hospitals

    maryann wrote:
    >
    > There was a thread here a few months ago about cell phone use in
    > hospitals, with plenty of self righteous talk about the "dangers"
    > to the patients.
    >
    > I spent all of today in John Muir Hospital waiting for the gf to come out
    > of surgery, and noticed that each and every hospital employee appears to
    > be equipped with a cell phone. Needless to say, they
    > seem to think they won't kill the patients that way.


    More than likely a Nextel-type system... More of a walkie-talkie
    than a cell phone.

    Larry



  3. #3
    Geoff Brozny
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    Re: cell phone use in hospitals


    "Lawrence Glasser" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > More than likely a Nextel-type system... More of a walkie-talkie
    > than a cell phone.



    the Nextel's would screw up the test sets when I worked at Lucent, the
    interference would cause boards to fail the test when infact they were good,
    and in the more extreme case, would cause the calibration to get messed up
    on the test set...

    geoff





  4. #4
    Geoff Brozny
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    Re: cell phone use in hospitals


    "Lawrence Glasser" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > More than likely a Nextel-type system... More of a walkie-talkie
    > than a cell phone.



    the Nextel's would screw up the test sets when I worked at Lucent, the
    interference would cause boards to fail the test when infact they were good,
    and in the more extreme case, would cause the calibration to get messed up
    on the test set...

    geoff





  5. #5
    Geoff Brozny
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    Re: cell phone use in hospitals


    "Lawrence Glasser" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > More than likely a Nextel-type system... More of a walkie-talkie
    > than a cell phone.



    the Nextel's would screw up the test sets when I worked at Lucent, the
    interference would cause boards to fail the test when infact they were good,
    and in the more extreme case, would cause the calibration to get messed up
    on the test set...

    geoff





  6. #6
    Geoff Brozny
    Guest

    Re: cell phone use in hospitals


    "Lawrence Glasser" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > More than likely a Nextel-type system... More of a walkie-talkie
    > than a cell phone.



    the Nextel's would screw up the test sets when I worked at Lucent, the
    interference would cause boards to fail the test when infact they were good,
    and in the more extreme case, would cause the calibration to get messed up
    on the test set...

    geoff





  7. #7
    Thomas M. Goethe
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    Re: cell phone use in hospitals

    And the Nextel is in the same frequency range as most c-phones and has
    more power.


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    "Lawrence Glasser" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > maryann wrote:
    > >
    > > There was a thread here a few months ago about cell phone use in
    > > hospitals, with plenty of self righteous talk about the "dangers"
    > > to the patients.
    > >
    > > I spent all of today in John Muir Hospital waiting for the gf to come

    out
    > > of surgery, and noticed that each and every hospital employee appears to
    > > be equipped with a cell phone. Needless to say, they
    > > seem to think they won't kill the patients that way.

    >
    > More than likely a Nextel-type system... More of a walkie-talkie
    > than a cell phone.
    >
    > Larry






  8. #8
    Lawrence Glasser
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    Re: cell phone use in hospitals

    Geoff Brozny wrote:
    >
    > "Lawrence Glasser" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > >
    > > More than likely a Nextel-type system... More of a walkie-talkie
    > > than a cell phone.

    >
    > the Nextel's would screw up the test sets when I worked at Lucent, the
    > interference would cause boards to fail the test when infact they were good,
    > and in the more extreme case, would cause the calibration to get messed up
    > on the test set...


    That wasn't "Nextel," it was "Nextel-type."

    As someone who works in *alot* of hospital ORs, I've seen both walkie-talkie
    type communicators and regular cell phones. My understanding is that the
    fear of cell phone interference with monitors is a throwback to the days of
    analog.

    Larry



  9. #9
    JH
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    Re: cell phone use in hospitals

    I'm sorry, what was that again?

    "Geoff Brozny" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > "Lawrence Glasser" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > >
    > > More than likely a Nextel-type system... More of a walkie-talkie
    > > than a cell phone.

    >
    >
    > the Nextel's would screw up the test sets when I worked at Lucent, the
    > interference would cause boards to fail the test when infact they were

    good,
    > and in the more extreme case, would cause the calibration to get messed up
    > on the test set...
    >
    > geoff
    >
    >






  10. #10
    Geoff Brozny
    Guest

    Re: cell phone use in hospitals


    "JH" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]

    > I'm sorry, what was that again?



    the nextels would cause interfearance to some of the test equiptment out on
    the factory floor in short.


    sorry about my previous post showing up 4 times, I sent a bug report off to
    the author of my news server.

    geoff







  11. #11
    tommy
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    Re: cell phone use in hospitals

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] (maryann) wrote:

    > There was a thread here a few months ago about cell phone use in
    > hospitals, with plenty of self righteous talk about the "dangers"
    > to the patients.
    >
    > I spent all of today in John Muir Hospital waiting for the gf to come out
    > of surgery, and noticed that each and every hospital employee appears to
    > be equipped with a cell phone. Needless to say, they
    > seem to think they won't kill the patients that way.


    one of the hospitals in my city has no problem with cellphones now.
    When my grandma was in there a few years ago it was strictly NO
    cellphones, but when my niece was in there about a year ago, that rule
    was lifted. Everyone had them, everyone used 'em.

    /tommy



  12. #12
    Geoff Brozny
    Guest

    Re: cell phone use in hospitals


    "Lawrence Glasser" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > That wasn't "Nextel," it was "Nextel-type."


    yea, I know, was just commenting on my own experience. I have no idea if
    Verizons PTT stuff would cause the same issue or not..


    geoff





  13. #13
    The Ghost of General Lee
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    Re: cell phone use in hospitals

    On 18 Nov 2003 20:50:23 -0800, [email protected] (maryann) wrote:

    >There was a thread here a few months ago about cell phone use in
    >hospitals, with plenty of self righteous talk about the "dangers"
    >to the patients.
    >
    >I spent all of today in John Muir Hospital waiting for the gf to come out
    >of surgery, and noticed that each and every hospital employee appears to
    >be equipped with a cell phone. Needless to say, they
    >seem to think they won't kill the patients that way.


    Wanna have some fun with them? Change your banner to say "Phone is
    off". I got challanged when I walked into the lobby of our local
    hospital one day. I was only going into the business office where
    cell phone usage was not prohibited. I had set my banner to say
    "Phone is off" and when I showed the receptionist the screen, she read
    it and thanked me for complying.




  14. #14
    Bill Roland
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    Re: cell phone use in hospitals

    Which is funny, I've seen many cell phones kick into Analog when inside the
    hospital. I've seen at least 5 StarTACs do it...


    "Lawrence Glasser" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Geoff Brozny wrote:
    > >
    > > "Lawrence Glasser" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]
    > > >
    > > > More than likely a Nextel-type system... More of a walkie-talkie
    > > > than a cell phone.

    > >
    > > the Nextel's would screw up the test sets when I worked at Lucent, the
    > > interference would cause boards to fail the test when infact they were

    good,
    > > and in the more extreme case, would cause the calibration to get messed

    up
    > > on the test set...

    >
    > That wasn't "Nextel," it was "Nextel-type."
    >
    > As someone who works in *alot* of hospital ORs, I've seen both

    walkie-talkie
    > type communicators and regular cell phones. My understanding is that the
    > fear of cell phone interference with monitors is a throwback to the days

    of
    > analog.
    >
    > Larry






  15. #15
    Steven J Sobol
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    Re: cell phone use in hospitals

    In alt.cellular.verizon Bill Roland <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Which is funny, I've seen many cell phones kick into Analog when inside the
    > hospital. I've seen at least 5 StarTACs do it...


    There's probably a metric buttload of RF shielding at a hospital. I'm surprised
    phones could be used at all.

    Back when I worked in Lakewood, Ohio, I worked in an office that had
    an MRI service on the first floor. It was so heavily shielded that you couldn't
    get a cell signal anywhere lower than the fourth floor... Now the MRI is gone
    and you can get a signal anywhere in the building.



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