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Thispaper presents a study on the effects of radiation from electronic equipment inhospitals. This study was performed in Argentinean, Colombian and Spanishhospitals. The work consists of two parts: a survey to determine the hospitalpersonnel’s knowledge of the problem and a technical part consisting of ameasurements campaign to determine the levels of radiated electrical andmagnetic fields in several hospitals due to the presence of electromagneticinterferences, such as the use of mobile phones. The study of this problem hasbeen of special interest in countries such as the USA and Canada, and thispaper attempts to convey the necessity of creating regulations that can beapplied to the hospitals of the countries analyzed. More than fifty hospitalswere studied in these three countries, considering the following aspects: thehospital personnel’s awareness of the problem, whether the hospitals haveperformed previous studies of this type, the appearance of problems in medicalequipment due to this interference, the origin of the interference, and thefailures that have appeared in computers due to electromagnetic interference.The results show that, most hospitals have a lack of knowledge regarding thisissue and that field levels above those allowed by international regulationsare present. Therefore, a regulation must be established to avoid the problem.


Electromagnetic Compatibility, Radiated Emissions, Magnetic Field Measurements, Electric Field Measurements

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Gutiérrez, O. , Navarro, M. , Adana, F. , Escobar, A. , Moncada, M. and Muñoz, C. 2014 Study of Electromagnetic Compatibility in Hospital Environments. Journal of Electromagnetic Analysis and Applications, 6, 141-155. doi: 10.4236-jemaa.2014.67014.

Autor: Oscar Gutiérrez, Miguel Ángel Navarro, Francisco Saez de Adana, Adolfo Escobar, María E. Moncada, Claudio Marcelo Muñoz



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