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Physicians' and nurses' retention of knowledge and skill after training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Physicians' and nurses' retention of knowledge and skill after training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Canadian Medical Association Journal 128(5): 550-551

Physicians and nurses in a community hospital who successfully completed the standard 1-day training program in basic life support cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) were retested 6 and 12 months after training. Their perceptions of their knowledge of and skill in CPR were recorded along with an account of the roles they had taken in CPR incidents. The physicians and nurses initially had the same level of knowledge of CPR, but the physicians learned significantly more and retained it longer. After training, the nurses participated much more in CPR incidents, limiting themselves to basic life support functions. The physicians' participation, however, remained at about the same level and was limited to advanced life support functions. By 12 months after training the scores in both groups were similar to the pretraining scores, which suggests that practice with feedback is necessary during the 1-year period before retraining and recertification. It may be that the two groups require different training programs.

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