Surgical equipment noise, music and staff chatter in an operating room can impede surgeons' ability to understand what is being said, potentially leading to errors, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Surgical teams may need to turn off or lower the volume on background music and limit conversations to create the safest environment possible, according to Dr. Matthew Bush, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and the study's co-author.

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