Theatre chat blamed for surgeon errors

Annoying questions from colleagues pose the greatest threat to surgeons’ concentration during procedures, and can lead to potentially fatal errors, research finds.

While surgeons could easily shut out a ringing phone, or the sound of a dropped metal tray, their concentration was far more vulnerable to irrelevant questions about politics or careers, a simulator study found.

Most dangerous of all was a question about how to treat a previous patient who was currently in recovery. When asked this question at a critical juncture in the