Music in the operating room: Is it a safety hazard? Journal Article


Authors: Shambo, L.; Umadhay, T.; Pedoto, A.
Article Title: Music in the operating room: Is it a safety hazard?
Abstract: Noise is a health hazard and a source of stress, and it impairs concentration and communication. Since 1960, hospital noise levels have risen around the world. Nowhere in the healthcare setting is noise more prevalent than in the operating room (OR). The genetic makeup of humans does not evolve at the rate of technology. Noise exposure, sensory overload, and the capacity to adapt without physical and psychological consequences are absent from the human condition. The World Health Organization has recognized environmental noise as harmful pollution that causes adverse effects on health. Although noise in the OR is unavoidable, music is a choice. The purpose of this literature review is to provide further insight into the ramifications of the presence of music in the OR, evaluate its appropriateness in relation to care and safety for the patient and staff, and provide information for future research.
Keywords: patient care; patient safety; medline; interpersonal communication; safety; cochrane library; music; operating room; operating rooms; standards; adverse effects; health hazard; cinahl; safety management; procedures; surgical error; noise; humans; human; article; music in the operating room; noise in the operating room; noise-induced hearing loss; safety hazards in the operating room
Journal Title: AANA Journal
Volume: 83
Issue: 1
ISSN: 0094-6354
Publisher: American Association of Nurse Anesthetists  
Date Published: 2015-02-01
Start Page: 42
End Page: 48
Language: English
PUBMED: 25842633
PROVIDER: scopus
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 3 October 2016 -- Source: Scopus