RC (UK) Resuscitation Guidelines 2015 Published Today

The Resuscitation Council (UK) published new resuscitation guidelines online on 15 October 2015 following the review of resuscitation science by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

Changes in the guidelines are based on the available science and aimed at simplifying clinical practice, enhancing education, and improving outcomes. The process used by the Resuscitation Council (UK) to develop and update its guidelines has NICE accreditation.

The publication of new and revised treatment recommendations does not necessarily imply that current care is either unsafe or ineffective.

These new guidelines are the culmination of many years of international collaboration to improve the practice and teaching of resuscitation medicine in order to improve survival from cardiorespiratory arrest. English ambulance services initiate resuscitation on about 28,000 people who sustain an Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) each year (52 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) and approximately 8% survive to leave hospital. Data from the UK National Cardiac Arrest Audit (NCAA) indicate that in-hospital cardiac arrest occurs in 1.6 per 1000 hospital admissions with rate of survival to hospital discharge of 18.4%.4 Recent international data suggest that survival rates after both in- and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are slowly improving. It is hoped that refinements in resuscitation guidelines will continue to contribute to increasing survival rates.

For more information and to view the updated guidelines, visit the Resuscitation Council website at www.resus.org.uk.

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