Jungle is massively distracting.

Playing loud dance music in the operating theatre can put patients at risk, according to a new study.

Researchers for the small study, published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, filmed 20 operations at two UK hospitals to observe the effects of music being played during operations. When music was playing, medics were five times more likely to repeat requests, causing frustration and potentially risking patient safety, the study said.

Senior surgeons typically chose if and what music was playing, and drum and bass and dance music were often played loudest, with the volume raised for popular songs.

“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.

However, the Royal College of Surgeons says there is no evidence of a widespread problem. Previous research has found that music can help surgeons stay calm and focused, with one study showing that plastic surgeons were able to stitch a wound faster and better when music was playing.

It’s pot luck for patients – music is played during 50 to 70 per cent of surgeries performed around the world. [via BBC/Independent]



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