Statement on playing music in operating theatres
05 Aug 2015
A spokesperson for the Royal College of Surgeons said: “This is a very small study and there is no evidence that loud distracting music is a widespread issue in NHS hospitals.
“There are also studies which suggest music can sometimes help to create a calm atmosphere in the operating theatre.
“If music is played during surgery it must not be a distraction for any members of the surgical team and must not discomfort patients.”
Notes to editors
1. A copy of the study referred to can be found online here.