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Distraction in the operating room: a narrative review of environmental and self-initiated distractions and their effect on anesthesia providers.

Gui JL, Nemergut EC, Forkin KT. J Clin Anesth. 2020;68:110110.

Distractions and interruptions are common in health care delivery. This literature review discusses the range of operating room distractions (from common events such as “small talk” to more intense distractions such as unavailable equipment) that can affect anesthesia practice, and their likely impact on patient safety.