Noisy ORs can put patients at risk

January 16, 2018

Excessive noise in an operating room can add another degree of difficult to already-challenging procedures, according to an article on the HCPro website.

A lack of focus in the OR could put patients at risk or lead to accidental injuries to clinicians.

Excess noise can negatively impact employees because it is associated with job dissatisfaction, irritability, tachycardia, anxiety, fatigue, illnesses, stress, emotional exhaustion, burnout and injury.

Turning off cell phones and personal music devices (or leaving them outside the OR), limiting the amount of foot traffic in and out of the OR, and evaluating the noise level of medical equipment can help curb the distractions

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