Technology has advanced many aspects of the practice of anesthesiology, including immediate availability of patient medical records, more efficient communication and connectivity, contemporaneous documentation, improved legibility in the medical record, and clinical decision support. This same technology has also given rise to new patient safety and medicolegal concerns. One emerging concern is the proliferation and use of personal electronic devices for nonclinical-related purposes during patient care. Distractions related to the nonclinical use of personal electronic devices has resulted in an increase in anesthesia litigation, medical licensing board investigations, and as a basis to seek revocation of medical staff privileges.
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