Sour note for music-loving surgeons

A surgeon is five times more likely to repeat a request to the theatre team when music is playing, according to research that casts doubt on the wisdom of this common practice.

"Music in the operating theatre can interfere with team communication, but is seldom recognised as a potential safety hazard," according to the study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

More than 50% of surgical operations are performed against a backdrop of music, though the figure varies by country, the researchers