AMIA2014 Workflow Paper (Sunday): ED Noise & Cognition Interruptions: Do We Have a Jackhammer in the Cockpit?

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3:30PM Sunday

“Aviation’s sterile cockpit rule prohibits non-essential distractions during critical flight times. However, medicine has not emphasized solutions for the distracting and potentially harmful effect of excessive SPLs on cognitive functions of patients, staff, and workflow communications. This preliminary study using sound meter apps as an effective exploratory tool, highlights the need for more research in this area including interactions with EHRs for provider information retrieval, effective alerts, and safe care team transitions. Use of noise reduction solutions such as sound absorbing panels and volume limiters on audio announcements and other communication devices could be implemented. We need to keep the jackhammers out of our cockpits during the takeoff and landing period of patient handoffs in care team transition.”

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