The Impact of Operating Room Distractions on Stress, Workload, and Teamwork.

  title={The Impact of Operating Room Distractions on Stress, Workload, and Teamwork.},
  author={Ana Wheelock and A. El Talla Suliman and Rupert M. H. Wharton and E. D. Babu and Louise Hull and Charles A. Vincent and Nick Sevdalis and Sonal Arora},
  journal={Annals of surgery},
  volume={261 6},
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether distractions in the operating room (OR) are associated with higher mental workload and stress, and poorer teamwork among OR personnel. BACKGROUND Engaging in multiple tasks can affect performance. There is little research on the effect of distractions on surgical team members' behavior and cognitive processes. METHODS Ninety general surgery cases were observed in real time. Cases were assessed by a surgeon and a behavioral scientist using 4 validated tools… 

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