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Journal Article

Impact of intraoperative distractions on patient safety: a prospective descriptive study using validated instruments.

Sevdalis N, Undre S, McDermott J, et al. World journal of surgery. 2014;38:751-8.

Researchers performed observations of procedures in operating rooms to examine the effect of distractions on safety. This study revealed that distractions in this setting are prevalent and were frequently linked to omission of intraoperative safety checks. These results are consistent with prior studies of interruptions and patient safety.