Resuscitation Guidelines 2020

Resuscitation guidelines are revised every five years. The last update to resuscitation guidelines was published in 2015, therefore the next round of updates will occur in 2020. These guidelines cover basic life support, pediatric resuscitation, defibrillation, advanced life support and system issues such as telephone assisted CPR and recognition of cardiac arrest. The guidelines also include sections on other medical emergencies such as choking.

The 2020 Resuscitation Guidelines will be co-ordinated by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). Subsequent guidelines are published by the American Heart Association (AHA) and European Resuscitation Council (ERC).

The European Resuscitation Council’s conference is being held in the United Kingdom later in 2020, it is anticipated the ERC will announce the new guidelines at this conference.

Changes in the 2020 Resuscitation Guidelines

The exact changes in the 2020 resuscitation guidelines are not yet known. However, scoping documents have been published by the European Resuscitation Council showing areas of potential guideline development.

Areas which could see changes include:

  • Measuring the quality of CPR
  • The role of ventilation/rescue breathing in basic life support
  • Safety of CPR
  • ALS changes including increasing use of ‘ECPR’
  • The role of the recovery position
  • The role of oxygen administration in first aid
  • Straightening an angulated fracture
  • Management of open chest wounds
  • Management of dental avulsion

This post will be updated when more information regarding the 2020 resuscitation council guidelines is available.

John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid & CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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