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“We found that often dance and drum’n’bass were played fairly loudly”

In one of the more obvious conclusions we’ve seen in a background music study, researchers have “discovered” that communication can be “impaired when music is playing”.

Published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, the research involved the team viewing over 35 hours of surgical footage, of which 70% included an in-theatre soundtrack.

Music was traditionally used to relieve the anxiety of patients, but with the miracle of anesthetics, the in-theatre soundtrack now exists for the benefit of staff, with some claiming that music improves focus and concentration. Also, we suggest, listening to drum n’ bass is excellent.

The Guardian reports: “They found that how the music was played and controlled was important too. If playback volume from digital sources was not standardised, there could be sudden increases in volume between tracks. Sometimes staff turned up a popular song, again leading to a sudden increase in volume that could mask instructions and other verbal communications”.

Once again, we suggest that care is needed in choosing the right background music.

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