Syracuse New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Report: According to research published in the May issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons titled “Background Noise In The Operating Room Can Impair Surgical Team Communication,” noise in the operating room — including sounds generated by loud surgical equipment, people talking, and music — can impair a surgeon’s ability to process information and, in turn, lead to mistakes. Operating room noise also affects the concentration of OR team members, including surgical physician assistants, nurses, and techs.
To determine the impact of noise in the operating room on the delivery of medical care, researchers created a noisy test environment and asked surgeons with varying degrees of experience to listen to and repeat words. The study showed that surgeons understood less when the environment was noisy, especially if there was music. ”Miscommunication and distraction are two of the leading causes of surgical malpractice, including procedures performed improperly, as well as adverse events such as retained towels, needles, pads, sponges and instruments,” said Michael A. Bottar, a medical malpractice lawyer in Syracuse, New York.
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