Background noise lowers the performance of anaesthesiology residents’ clinical reasoning

Enser, M. et al. European Journal of Anaesthesiology | Published online: 7 April 2017


Background: Noise, which is omnipresent in operating rooms and ICUs, may have a negative impact not only patients but also on the concentration of and communication between clinical staff.

Conclusion: Our study suggests that noise affects clinical reasoning of anaesthesiology residents especially junior residents when measured by SCT. This observation supports the hypothesis that noise should be prevented in operating rooms especially when junior residents are providing care.

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