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    Docs should warm up for better results from surgery



    23 Feb 2009, 0048 hrs IST, PTI


    WASHINGTON: Athletes do it. Dancers do it. Even musicians do it. Now, researchers have suggested that surgeons should also warm up before performing an operation to improve the outcomes.

    A new study has revealed that doing exercises, just simple moves, before a surgery can make a surgeon more focused on his or her work, and significantly reduce the incidence of accidents on the operating table.

    And, according to the researchers, warming up not only makes surgeons more active but provides "cognitive arousal" as well before an operation, the Journal of the American College of Surgeons reported.

    "This study begins to lay a scientific foundation for adopting this approach in routine surgical practice, which has become increasingly rigorous and demanding," the study's lead author Kanav Kahol of Arizona State University said.

    For the study, the researchers asked 46 surgeons of varying degrees of experience to spend 15 to 20 minutes doing warm-up exercises before a simulated surgery. They found that when the subjects took part in a series of work-outs before operating, they performed better in surgery simulations.

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    Yes, but more importantly sleep is essential -- I cannot imagine how some doctors assist in surgery when they have worked for the past 25h. It all boils down to the lack of doctors and the risky nature of the on-call system. Nurses don't do that, then why should we doctors?

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