Journal Article
Study

Critical phase distractions in anaesthesia and the sterile cockpit concept.

Broom MA; Capek AL; Carachi P; Akeroyd MA; Hilditch G.

The sterile cockpit rule mandates elimination of nonessential activities during aircraft takeoffs and landings. This study found disturbingly frequent interruptions during analogous phases of anesthesia management, demonstrating the need to develop a similar rule for the operating room.