Distractions in Operating Rooms

Distractions in Operating Rooms

Systematic investigation of positive interruptions in healthcare

The objectives of this project are to examine and differentiate between positive and negative interruptions in a healthcare environment. Interruptions were studied extensively in the past but with a focus on their negative effects. Although many types of interruptions result in a break-in-task, in some cases interruptions communicate important information associated with patient’s safety. The majority of previous interruption research use a reductionist approach to minimize or prevent interruptions, and minimal attention has been given to the differentiation between positive and negative interruptions. This approach to the study of interruptions is a novel one and will have implications for how interruptions are approached in healthcare settings.

Sponsor(s): NSERC (PGS D)