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A Night Of Drinking Dims Surgeons' Next-Day Skills

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After a night of drinking, surgeons' skills remained subpar well into the next day -- no matter how experienced the surgeon -- suggesting a need for recommendations to address the issue, a multinational group of investigators concluded.


A small study found that experienced laparoscopic surgeons' operating skills remained impaired as late as 4 p.m. the day after a drinking binge, noted Anthony G. Gallagher, PhD, of the Royal College of Surgeons National Surgical Training Center in Dublin, Ireland, and colleagues.


Surgeons' performance declined significantly from baseline with respect to the time to complete a test in a virtual reality training system (P<0.02), economy of diathermy use (P<0.001), and error scores (P<0.001), they added......

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