Monday, December 5, 2005

Links to New CPR Guidelines from the American Heart Association

The 2005 CPR Guidelines contain many important changes. These changes are summarized in the Winter 2005-2006 issue of Currents. Highlights include
  • The ratio of compressions-to-ventilations has been changed to 30:2
  • Rescuers now deliver 1 shock (360J monophasic) followed by CPR, not 3 shocks
  • Lay rescuers no longer check for circulation
  • Many other algorithms have been simplified
The guidelines are published in the Nov 29, 2005 issue of Circulation. The following links have been formatted for easy printing and reading.
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Ethical Issues
Part 3: Overview of CPR
Part 4: Adult Basic Life Support
Part 5: Electrical Therapies. Automated External Defibrillators, Defibrillation, Cardioversion, and Pacing
Part 6: CPR Techniques and Devices
Part 7.1: Adjuncts for Airway Control and Ventilation
Part 7.2: Management of Cardiac Arrest
Part 7.3: Management of Symptomatic Bradycardia and Tachycardia
Part 7.4: Monitoring and Medications
Part 7.5: Postresuscitation Support
Part 8: Stabilization of the Patient With Acute Coronary Syndromes
Part 9: Adult Stroke
Part 10.1: Life-Threatening Electrolyte Abnormalities
Part 10.2: Toxicology in ECC
Part 10.3: Drowning
Part 10.4: Hypothermia
Part 10.5: Near-Fatal Asthma
Part 10.6: Anaphylaxis
Part 10.7: Cardiac Arrest Associated With Trauma
Part 10.8: Cardiac Arrest Associated With Pregnancy
Part 10.9: Electric Shock and Lightning Strikes
Part 11: Pediatric Basic Life Support
Part 12: Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Part 13: Neonatal Resuscitation Guidelines
Part 14: First Aid
Major Changes in the 2005 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. Reaching the Tipping Point for Change
Management of Conflict of Interest Issues in the Activities of the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee, 2000-2005
...and if you want more to read, see the Circulation supplement 2005 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations.

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