Journal Article

'Sorry, I meant the patient's left side': impact of distraction on left-right discrimination.

McKinley J, Dempster M, Gormley GJ. Medical education. 2015;49:427-35.

Wrong-side procedures still occur at alarming rates, particularly outside of the operating room. This study exposed medical students to various types of distractions and measured their ability to distinguish a person's left from right side from different perspectives. Cognitive distractions had a bigger negative impact than ambient ward noise on the students' performance.