via PulseRadio (h/t THUMP)
Surgeons play music in the operating room during 50-70% of operations worldwide, according to The Independent, but a new study in the United Kingdom is warning doctors about risks to patient safety.
The Royal College of Surgeons is refuting the study by the National Journal of Nurses, which claims that dance music, drum and bass in particular, stifles communication in the operating room. By recording 35 hours of operation footage in which 16 0f 20 operations had music playing, they found doctors having to repeat themselves. The study suggests that communication hassles and staff frustration could potentially increase the risk of surgery.
A surgeon's assistant DJ's "a sick jump-up set" on Serato while his colleagues perform surgery.
The study is far from conclusive, as previous research published by the Aesthetic Surgery Journal found a positive correlation between surgeons playing their preferred music and "improved quality of repair...[and] efficiency of wound closure, which may translate to healthcare cost savings." Thump reached out to one of the UK's top drum and bass labels, Hospital Records, for comment, and Head of Promotions Amy-Jayne responded with a statement:
"It's been proved time and time again that music can ease anxiety and increase concentration, which is why music was has played a part in Hospital theaters since as early as 1914. We love it when surgeons get in touch to commend the Hospital Podcast and let us know they are listening in the operating theatre. To someone not familiar with the label, this may generate a peculiar image ––doctors raving it up in their scrubs, gun fingers and scalpels thrown about all over, but dance music creates a positive and uplifting energy, which can obviously be appreciated in what can be a very bleak situation. The highly-trained sonic surgeons at Hospital Records always prescribe a daily dose of 174 BPM as part of a healthy lifestyle. However, it goes without saying that in all circumstances safety comes first. Trust us. We're doctors."
Now we know that come fall, when young doctors in residency pick up Med School's New Blood 015, they'll likely be playing it during their training.