When a patient first comes in the dental clinic I work in there are signs every where that say, “Please turn off your cell phone.” Should this include the dental team?
Most dental hygienists are opposed to texting during patient care, according to a survey in RDH evillage. The questionnaire, which was titled, "OMG! Are you texting behind your patient's back?" prompted responses from 387 dental hygienists, and 75% said they never text or check social media accounts such as Facebook or Twitter during a patient appointment. Kristine Hodsdon, RDH, the director of RDH eVillage and the author of the article preceding the survey, cited a medical case about a "doctor who made a life-threatening mistake because she was distracted when she received a text message from a friend about a party." The anonymous survey encouraged hygienists to "be honest" about their responses about high-tech social interaction during patient care.