A ban on hospital doctors wearing wristwatches could be potentially dangerous, say researchers.
Hospitals are about to implement a "bare below the elbows" dress code following advice from the Department of Health on how to cut infection risk.
Researchers asked doctors to estimate respiratory and pulse rates without looking at a second hand.
The Brtish Medical Journal study found estimates varied wildly when doctors had to rely just on judgement.
Really? Well, fuck me, that is a surprise. What's to stop doctors using a decent, old-fashioned fob watch, or even one of those upside-down watches that nurses pin to their breast?
And they said fob watches have been found to be impractical for some clinical procedures.
Like what, exactly? Would anyone care to enlighten me?
Or is this a matter of doctors' pride: wouldn't want to wander around with a watch on one's chest, would one? Might get mistaken for one of those damn nurse practitioners, eh?