Author Credentials

Tarryn Armour (MClinEd, GradDipAdNrsgPrac (periop), GCertHELT, BN, BaHthProm, RN, FACORN).

Elyse Coffey (MNurs (Perian), GCertHELT, BN(Honours), RN)


Use of hand-held technology, such as smartphones, in health care can provide a pocket-sized and instant means of accessing information and resources related to patient care. A review of the literature identified drawbacks to and benefits of using hand-held technology in the perioperative environment. Drawbacks that limit the use of hand-held technology include potential distraction from clinical activities, negative perceptions that smartphones will be used for activities not related to work such as cyberloafing, interference to patient privacy and infection control risks. Conversely the benefits of using hand-held technology include enhanced mobile learning at the point of care, easy and instant access to information and efficacious communications across hospital departments and professions. Recommendations for using hand-held technology as part of perioperative nurses’ digital literacy, learning and work enhancement include the development of policies to guide responsible use within the operating room.

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