Distraction in the OR: Bells and Whistles on Silent Mode.
International anesthesiology clinics
Distraction can impact patient and public safety. The human brain is increasingly being bombarded with data. To some extent, we crave this input as evidenced by the fast-paced action sequences of modern movies, our insatiable appetite for immediately accessible information, and the technological advancements in health care that provide more data, faster. What is not clear is the brain’s ability to keep up with the processing of these data. Inability to do so can result in distraction and poor performance, which can have serious consequences on the lives of those around us. In health care, our ability to focus on the data relevant to our patients is threatened by many factors, from the seemingly mundane to the glaringly obvious. Although prevalent in all aspects of health care, distraction in the operating room (OR) has more immediate and severe consequences.
Neves S, Soto RG. Distraction in the OR: Bells and Whistles on Silent Mode. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2019 Summer;57(3):62-67. doi: 10.1097/AIA.0000000000000236. PMID: 31577238.