Evaluating the effect of distractions in the operating room on clinical decision-making and patient safety.
Interruptions and distractions are well-recognized sources of error. Distractions in the operating room are common. In this randomized crossover study, researchers observed residents performing a virtual salpingectomy and subjected them to time periods in which they received pages versus quiet phases without interruptions. The majority of residents made at least one unsafe clinical decision while trying to multitask, further supporting that interruptions and distractions adversely impact patient safety.