Basic and advanced cardiac life support - what's new?

Hugh Grantham, Ramanathan Narendranathan

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    Abstract

    Background Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines on basic and advanced life support are amended periodically. These changes are informed by recent evidence on best practice in resuscitation medicine. In December 2010, the latest guidelines were released for implementation in 2011. Objective This article outlines the key messages from the latest Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines on basic and advanced life support. Discussion The latest Australian Resuscitation Council guidelines on basic and advanced life support emphasise the importance of early recognition of deterioration before cardiac arrest. Once resuscitation commences, there is a focus on early defibrillation and early chest compressions with a simplification of drug treatment. Postresuscitation phase changes emphasise early intervention to re-establish coronary artery patency and therapeutic hypothermia.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)386-390
    Number of pages5
    JournalAustralian Family Physician
    Volume41
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Keywords

    • Emergencies
    • Heart failure

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