'Cyberloafing' in health care: a real risk to patient safety.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
The health care environment is rife with distractions during cognitive, clinical, and communication processes that increase the potential for error. This commentary focuses on how mobile communication technologies contribute to distractions in health care workers. The author suggests raising awareness of the risks associated with personal communication technology use to reduce problem behaviors and encourage heightened focus on patients. A past WebM&M commentary discussed a task interruption due to texting.