Florida residents who undergo surgery may receive better care if their doctor is not distracted or sleep deprived. Recent studies indicate that surgical errors are more likely if a medical practitioner is not able to pay total attention to a surgery or has not had enough sleep before the procedure. These errors are not always insignificant either: research shows that some of these mistakes could have life threatening consequences.
A study done by the Oregon State University and the Oregon Health and Sciences University found that residents in their first, second and third year were very likely to make a mistake if distracted by a cell phone, conversations going on between other medical professionals or being asked about other patients during a surgical procedure. The study had 18 residents perform a simulated gallbladder removal, and eight of the residents made major mistakes when distracted during the surgery.