Noise in the Operating Room

Noise in the OR at Induction: Patient and Anesthesiologists Perceptions

Noise in the operating room is common and often unavoidable, but there is mixed evidence of its impact. Previous research has suggested that excessive noise at the time when a patient is being 'put to sleep' may lead to care teams missing changes in monitors, having difficulties focusing or increasing stress. However, it is unknown ifs noise at this time affects the patient's satisfaction with the overall surgical experience. The investigators are conducting a survey study to evaluate patients' and anesthesiologists' overall satisfaction at the time of induction, before and after an education program promoting reducing noise in the Operating Room. Study Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate how noise levels that the time of induction in the OR (operating room) effect patient and anesthesiologists' satisfaction with the overall surgical experience. Hypothesis: The null hypothesis is that there is no improvement in patient satisfaction with the reduction of noise at the time of induction. Study Population: The Investigators will be including two study populations: patients age 19 or older undergoing elective, non-cardiac surgery with general anesthesia as the primary mode of anesthesia, and; Anesthesiologists working in these rooms. Research Method: This will be a pre/post survey study of patients and Anesthesiologists perspectives of noise in the OR. The investigators will survey participants before and after an educational intervention for OR staff.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Behavioral - Noise Reduction Education

OR staff will be offered education regarding the importance of minimizing noise in the OR. There will also be reminder signs and posters for the duration of the post-education period.

Noise in the Operating Room at Induction and Patient Satisfaction and Experience (NOISE) Study