Playing loud music during operations could distract surgeons and lead to errors, a new study has revealed.
Published in the Journal Of Advanced Nursing, the study found that when music was playing in the theatre medics were five times more likely to repeat requests to assistants, causing frustration, wasting time and potentially puting patients at risk.
With music currently played in 50 to 70% of surgeries, the study also noted that drum and bass and dance music was often played loudest, with the volume raised for popular songs.
In some cases, the findings showed that nurses visibly struggled to hear instructions from surgeons.
"Our study shows that playing music in the operating theatre can run counter to effective communication and highlights the need to consider both positive and negative effects of music on staff and patients," lead author Sharon Weldon said.
[Via The Independent]