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Table 1 Advantages and disadvantages of walkie talkie use in health care settings

From: Walkie talkies to aid health care workers’ compliance with personal protective equipment in the fight against COVID-19

Advantages Disadvantages
Low cost Non-secure channel
Easy to decontaminate per IPC guidance Miscommunication between multiple teams sharing the same channel
Simple to operate Radio frequencies may be obstructed by hospital structures (e.g. lead lining within radiotherapy departments)
Can be used while wearing PPE Specific communication approach required
Does not rely on telecommunication infrastructure  
“One to many” communication provides instant access to the whole team