Doctors start losing paediatric skills by six months

Findings show need to retrain doctors in infant procedural skills every two years

Retention of paediatric procedural skills, developed by emergency doctors during simulation-based training, wane by six months and disappear by four years after training, according to a study.


Simulation-based education has been shown to enhance performance of numerous procedures, such as neonatal resuscitation and paediatric advanced life support, but few studies have examined the retention of these skills in the months or years after training.

French researchers assessed essential but rarely used technical skills in paediatric