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Old 05-04-2006, 2:00 PM
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Hospitals?

Why is it you're not allowed to use your cellphone in a hospital? I know there are signs up, but I don't know the reasoning behind it. Is it just because reception might not be good inside the building or is there some other reason?
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Old 05-04-2006, 2:02 PM
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Why is it you're not allowed to use your cellphone in a hospital? I know there are signs up, but I don't know the reasoning behind it. Is it just because reception might not be good inside the building or is there some other reason?

Could it be that it might mess with sensitive medical equipment?...or maybe its a noise thing...like at the movies?...or maybe they realize that they do cause tumors and...okay, just kidding.
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Old 05-04-2006, 2:06 PM
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Could it be that it might mess with sensitive medical equipment?...or maybe its a noise thing...like at the movies?...or maybe they realize that they do cause tumors and...okay, just kidding.

Do they seriously mess with medical equipment? I wouldn't think a tiny little cellphone would be powerful enough to mess with anything.

I'm doubting it has anything to do with tumors. LOL
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Old 05-04-2006, 2:08 PM
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Do they seriously mess with medical equipment? I wouldn't think a tiny little cellphone would be powerful enough to mess with anything.

I'm doubting it has anything to do with tumors. LOL

Hey I am a Design Engineer...who are you to mess with my wisdom? ...No I seriously don't know... I will do a little research on it though...I got plenty of high up Hospital contacts...place your bets now before I get the answer.
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Old 05-04-2006, 2:10 PM
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Hey I am a Design Engineer...who are you to mess with my wisdom? ...No I seriously don't know... I will do a little research on it though...I got plenty of high up Hospital contacts...place your bets now before I get the answer.

Okay, my bet is because there would be too many people all talking at once and nobody would be able to hear anything. So they say no cellphones just to cut down on the noise. Any chance I'm right?
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Old 05-04-2006, 3:53 PM
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I think they say they are supposed to mess with sensitive equipment, same way you can't use it while you are on a plane. Did you ever notice though on tv that doctor's are always using cell phones in the hospital?
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Old 05-04-2006, 4:39 PM
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I've heard on the web that it's only done as a precaution, and mobile phones are on a completely different frequency to all the medical related equipment
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Old 06-04-2006, 2:00 PM
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yea i think its with the electronics and stuff inside like how u use a phone near a monitor it will go buzzy or a radio, the radio will lose signal. something like that for hospitals to communicate with other places.

i heard you couldnt use phones when at a gas pump too. o_O
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Old 06-04-2006, 2:04 PM
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i heard you couldnt use phones when at a gas pump too. o_O

Hey now, I love it when a topic starts to spin out of control, so I am going to play.

I heard that you can't use them aboard the International Space Station. But itís okay because the reception is plain bad there.
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Old 06-04-2006, 3:55 PM
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I remember reading something about not using them near a gas pump too. Isn't there a danger of a spark from the battery or something? But then, who actually needs to talk on the phone while they're pumping gas?

As for the hospital question. It got me curious enough to google it, and here's the answer I found:
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Hospitals have a lot of electronic devices that monitor patient's heartbeats and other thing when they are getting surgery or when they are recovering from an illness. When electromagnetic waves try to go through them, the devices sometimes stop working.
So, it looks like there really is a legitimate reason for it.
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Old 06-04-2006, 6:10 PM
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If I'm going to the hospital to visit someone, I'll usually leave my phone in the car so I'm not tempted to use it. It's just such a habit now that I'm afraid I'd answer it without giving it a second thought.
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Old 06-04-2006, 6:23 PM
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Wow, I never thought they could actually interefere with equipment. Why wouldn't manufacturers try to improve their equipment since they know this can happen? All the signs posted don't keep people from using their phones, I've seen them do it.
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Old 07-04-2006, 6:29 PM
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Probably the same reason they don't like them on aeroplanes either.
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Old 07-04-2006, 8:16 PM
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Alas the days of mobiles not being allowed on airplanes are numbered - some airlines have plans to allow them to be used in flight. For a small fee of course .

re the mobile in hospitals: I have personal experience since I spent 3 weeks in Kingston Hospital last year. I have a Treo 600 so used it a lot to send emails and text messages. I got told off for using it for a phone call once but never for using GPRS to send emails! They did have an area were mobiles were allowed so it was ok, but ironically one of the agency staff came to take my blood pressure while talking on her mobile - not sure if the reading was correct that night!

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Old 08-04-2006, 1:21 PM
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I have to say I used it secretly in hospital to take a pic of my new born baby (1hour labour) so I could send to all my friends ... also whilst I was still in the maternity ward.
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