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Distractions in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory: impact for cardiologists and patient safety.

Mahadevan K, Cowan E, Kalsi N, et al. Open Heart. 2020;7.

Distractions and interruptions are common during delivery of health care. In this evaluation of 194 cardiac catheterization procedures at a single hospital, the authors found that fewer than half of all procedures were completed without interruption or distraction. The authors propose several actions such as the use of a ‘sterile cockpit’ to reduce distractions and improve patient safety.