The Resuscitation Guidelines 2010
are published only in electronic format on this website.
The guidelines contain detailed information about emergency life support and
deal with some of the issues of basic and advanced life support for adults, paediatrics and the newborn.
Also included are guidelines for the use of Automated External Defibrillators and other related topics.
The guidelines can be viewed on screen, or you can choose to print a hardcopy.
If you prefer to read a printed copy, you can help to reduce environmental impact
by printing only those pages or sections you need.
Latest updates to the Guidelines
In July 2012 the process used by the Resuscitation Council (UK) to produce
the 2010 Resuscitation Guidelines was accredited by the National Institute for
Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). The NICE Accreditation Scheme recognises
organisations that demonstrate high standards in producing health or social care guidance.
Users of NICE accredited guidance can therefore have high confidence in the quality
of the information provided. The NICE accreditation was based on the procedures
and methodology used in the development of the 2010 Resuscitation Guidelines, as
documented in the Resuscitation Council (UK) Guidelines Development Process
NICE manages the NHS Evidence service, which provides access to authoritative clinical and
non-clinical evidence and best practice through a web-based portal. NHS Evidence has accredited
the process used by the Resuscitation Council (UK) to produce its 2010 Resuscitation Guidelines.
Accreditation is valid for five years from July 2012. More information on accreditation can be viewed
The 2010 Guidelines are the latest edition of the Resuscitation Guidelines.
The next formal review will be in preparation for the 2015 edition
(or earlier if necessary).
All of the sections below are in Adobe PDF format.
The software to read PDF files is available here:
Latest updates to the guidelines
The above change now appears in the individual guidelines chapter and in the
single PDF document file (see below).
The Peri-arrest arrhythmias chapter has been updated as follows:
Page 84, Regular broad-complex tachardia:
The last sentence of the first paragraph was deleted
("In a stable patient, if there is uncertainty about the source of the arrhythmia...")
Guidelines as a single document file
The 2010 Resuscitation Guidelines are also available as a single PDF
document file (157 pages).
To download, right-click on the link below and select the option to
Save Target as... or Save Link as... (depending on your web browser),
then specify the location where you wish to save the file. Depending on the speed
of your internet connection, this may take a little while to download.
2010 Resuscitation Guidelines
The algorithms contained in the above guidelines are available as separate single-page documents.
Please click here to access the algorithms.
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We have created posters for the algorithms contained in the guidelines.
You can download any of these posters as required, and print them up to A2 size.
Please click here to select posters for downloading.
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This page last updated: 17 August 2012