Sur­geons who play mu­sic on op­er­at­ing ta­ble risk lives

CityPress - - News - – Staff re­porter

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.

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