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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Shelton, C.L. and Smith, A.F. (2020), Workplace distractions in the digital era – are smartphones a threat to safety or an essential tool?. Anaesthesia. doi:10.1111/anae.15234 which has been published in final form at https://associationofanaesthetists-publications.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/anae.15234 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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Workplace distractions in the digital era – are smartphones a threat to safety or an essential tool?

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/03/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Anaesthesia
Issue number3
Volume76
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)305-308
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date20/08/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Anaesthesia is a technology‐dependant specialty. While the impact of total intravenous anaesthesia, video laryngoscopes and ultrasound‐guidance – to name but a few influential recent technologies – have been extensively studied [e.g. 1-4], the professional use of smartphones in anaesthesia remains relatively under‐investigated. This is perhaps an oversight considering that this ubiquitous accessory now reaches into nearly every aspect of our lives, from communication to study, shopping and dining, and indeed – to professional practice.

In this issue of Anaesthesia, van Harten et al. report “An observational study of distractions in the operating theatre” [5], which among other findings, highlights the (distracting) role played by smartphones. In this editorial, we consider the utility and methodology of van Harten et al.’s work, reflect on the extent to which smartphones may threaten patient safety in anaesthesia, and ask how this can be balanced against their prominent and increasing role as a professional tool.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Shelton, C.L. and Smith, A.F. (2020), Workplace distractions in the digital era – are smartphones a threat to safety or an essential tool?. Anaesthesia. doi:10.1111/anae.15234 which has been published in final form at https://associationofanaesthetists-publications.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/anae.15234 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.