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Journal Article

A systematic review of the effect of distraction on surgeon performance: directions for operating room policy and surgical training.

Mentis HM, Chellali A, Manser K, et al. Surgical endoscopy. 2016;30:1713-24.

This systematic review found that equipment and procedural distractions were the most severe distraction events during surgery, but irrelevant conversation and movement were the most frequent. This underscores the need to reduce distractions and incorporate management of distractions into surgical education.