The New York Times reports on the research that suggests that music in the OR can benefit both patients and surgeons. The article delved into the really important issue – Mozart or Coldplay? Madeleine Peyroux or Brittany Spears? Much as many dentists have done, patients who are awake during procedures are also being offered headphones. My former dentist was a talented semi-professional musician, so music was always around his office. I was introduced to Norah Jones that way.
One resident suffered through years of listening to Montovani, and there was the surgeon who would sing along – badly. In spite of these risks, there seem to be benefits: a 1994 study in JAMA suggests that there is less stress and improved accuracy. And yes, while some are using iPods, the use of earbuds is not common, as surgeons – and anesthesiologists – need to be hearing what is going around them.