If You’re Having an Operation and Your Surgeon is a Red Hot Chili Peppers Fan, RUN!

Tom found this fantastic piece of medical advice. It could save your life. From The Telegraph:

Surgeons prefer Bee Gee’s Staying Alive to Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust as they wield the knife, a study has found as eight in ten say music in the operating theatre helps them concentrate.

Most medics who were questioned said that music not only calms down patients but makes surgical teams work better.

Although critics argued music was a distraction, about eight in ten theatre staff said music benefits communication between team members, reduces anxiety levels in patients and improves efficiency.

Music also appears to enhance performance by increasing focus, particularly among surgeons who listen to their favourite sounds regularly.

In an article in the British Medical Journal surgeons at the University Hospital of Wales suggested Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham was “best played in recovery” while Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chili Peppers should be avoided by plastic surgeons.

Good advice. And there’s more.

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