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New research suggests that Surgeons who play video games prior to surgeries fare better than Surgeons who do not

A new study suggests that surgeons who get their daily dose of video games before a surgery commit fewer errors during surgery. Surgeons who warmed up by playing video games like Super Monkey Ball for 20 minutes immediately prior to performing surgical drills were faster and made fewer errors than those who did not, according to a study at Beth Israel Medical Center New York conducted by Dr James "Butch" Rosser.

The research involved 303 surgeons that participated in a medical training course which included playing video games and focused on laparoscopic surgical procedures (Use of a tiny video camera and long, slender instruments inserted through small incisions). Doctors performance was measured on "cobra rope," a laparoscopic training exercise used to teach how to sew up internal wounds.  The results of this research indicated that doctors who played video games before the cobra rope drill completed it an average 11 seconds sooner than doctors who did not. Errors made during the training lengthened the total time taken to complete the task; this indicates that faster finishers also made fewer mistakes.

According to Dr. Rosser who has been playing video games since the days of "Pong" tennis, his ultimate goal is to lower medical errors that amount to 100,000 deaths each year by giving surgeons training tools similar to flight simulators used by pilots. Now a good question to ask before going under the knife would be "Doctor, are you game for surgery" while handing the surgeon a PSP or nintento for warming up.




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