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In your article ‘Good Vibrations’, an important point has been overlooked. The genre of the music is unimportant. It is familiarity to the surgeon and the surgical team, which matters. As a surgeon who has listened a CD of ‘Bridget Jones Diary’ every week since 2003 myself and the team find the music very reassuring and comforting during the surgery. At critical points I announce that we are “now flying at 10,000 feet”. The theatre team understands this and all music and talk stops until the danger passes. This has been found to be much more effective that shouting for silence.
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Leeds
PS. 15 years x 45+ weeks/year = 675+ listens to the CD. We have had several replacement CDs as they do wear out. One for the Guinness book of records?
- Good Vibrations. BMJ 8118, 19 Aug 2018, 292.
No competing interests
29 August 2018
Martin H Stone
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, United Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Hon Clin Associate Professor, University of Leeds.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chapel Allerton Hospital, Leeds LS74SA