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Loud opeating theatres up surgical infection risk

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Patients are more likely to develop surgical site infections (SSIs) if the operating theatre is noisy, say researchers.

A Swiss study of 35 patients found theatre noise levels had been significantly higher during the procedures of the six that subsequently developed infections.

The authors said this “may point to issues such as surgical difficulty, a stressful environment, impaired discipline or concentration”.

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  • GavinW

    I have worked in theatres for a few years, and some surgeons prefer a silent theatre, so they can concentrate more on what they are doing, and not listening to staff who was out lastnight!! :-)

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