Surgeons who play music on operating table risk lives
Surgeons have different ways of coping during complicated operations that take hours, and sometimes even days. While music is the preferred choice for many surgeons when they operate on a patient, new research has warned against this.
The Independent reports that a study, published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, found that playing music heavy in drums and bass during operations was risky as it hampered communication between nurses and doctors.
The researchers placed cameras around operating theatres in the UK, recording 20 operations for about 35 hours. The footage showed that repeated requests for instruments, for example, were five times more likely in operations where music was played.
“Our study shows that playing music in the operating theatre can run counter to effective communication, and highlights the need to consider both the positive and negative effects of music on staff and patients,” said lead author Sharon Weldon.