Residents often are sleep deprived after being on call.
In this study, researchers from the United States evaluated the effects of sleep deficits on the acquisition of laparoscopic skills in a laboratory setting.
The research team recorded the amount of sleep on the preceding night for 40 residents undergoing surgical skills training.
The residents underwent a test, followed by training and practice. They then underwent a further test using basic and task-specific drills.
|There were significant improvements in the time and total score.|
The researchers measured time to completion, penalty scores, and total scores.
The team found that there were significant improvements in the time and total score for all 6 drills. This was accompanied by a significant decrease in penalty scores for the pegboard and rope pass drills.
The team were unable to determine any significant differences in skill acquisition that could be attributed to the amount of sleep received by residents.
Dr Jensen and colleagues concluded, “Training in the laboratory results in significant improvement of basic laparoscopic skills“.
“Because short-term sleep deficits do not appear to hinder the acquisition of these skills, this model can be effectively applied, even after residents have been on call“.