Dancing in the Theatre - Music Improves Surgeons' Performance

By Sharon Smith
Tuesday, 11 August, 2015

Surgeons perform faster and with more accuracy when listening to music, according to a study published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
Researchers from the University of Texas worked with 15 plastic surgeons, and observed how music affected their performance while stitching up pigs' feet.
"Our study confirmed that listening to the surgeon's preferred music improves efficiency and quality of wound closure, which may translate to healthcare cost savings and better patient outcomes," said study author and assistant professor of surgery, Andrew Zhang, in a press release.
"Spending less time in the operating room can translate into significant cost reductions, particularly when incision closure is a large portion of the procedure, such as in a tummy tuck," added Zhang's colleague, Shelby Lies. "Longer duration under general anaesthesia is also linked with increased risk of adverse events for the patient."
The quality of the work was judged by plastic surgeons who did not know whose work they were analyzing or other conditions of the study. The judges’ ratings confirmed an overall improvement in repair quality while music was played, regardless of whether the resident did the repair with their music first or second.

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