Drum and bass puts surgery patients at greater risk says study

A study has found that surgeons concentration levels and ability to communicate are most affected when listening to drum and bass.

Ben Smith

Date published: 6th Aug 2015

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A study has warned surgeons against playing drum and bass during operations.

The study published in the National Journal of Nurses concluded that music affects concentration and communication with nurses, therefore putting patients at potential risk. 

It was found that dance music and drum and bass were often played the loudest. With music being played during up to 70 percent of surgeries, you may want to quiz your surgeon on his liking for Hospital Records newest banger before you're put under the knife. 

A quote from lead author Sharon Weldon read, "Our study shows that playing music in the operating theatre can run counter to effective communication and highlights the need to consider both positive and negative effects of music on staff and patients." 

It's not all bad news if your surgeon chooses to operate to his favourite jam with a separate study also concluding music decreases stress and can have a positive effect on surgeons. Surgeons listening to their preferred style of music were found to stitch wounds with greater precision.

[Source: Independent]