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Heart Resuscitation Guidelines 2010



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.

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 Manual (2012).
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 at

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:   Adobe Reader

Section: Author:
Front cover ---
Front matter, foreword, table of contents ---
Introduction Jasmeet Soar
Jerry Nolan
Summary of changes Jerry Nolan
Jasmeet Soar
Adult Basic Life Support Anthony Handley
Michael Colquhoun
The use of Automated External Defibrillators Gavin Perkins
Michael Colquhoun
Pre-hospital cardiac arrest Fiona Jewkes
Jerry Nolan
Prevention of in-hospital
   cardiac arrest and decisions about
   cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Jasmeet Soar
Gary Smith
In-hospital resuscitation Jasmeet Soar
Robin Davies
Adult Advanced Life Support Charles Deakin
Jerry Nolan
Gavin Perkins
Andrew Lockey
Peri-arrest arrhythmias David Pitcher
Gavin Perkins
Paediatric Basic Life Support Robert Bingham
Ian Maconochie
Sheila Simpson
Fiona Jewkes
Paediatric Advanced Life Support Robert Bingham
Ian Maconochie
Fiona Jewkes
Newborn Life Support Sam Richmond
Jonathan Wyllie
References ---
Appendix: Conflict of interest declaration ---
Latest updates to the guidelines
  June 2011    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...")
The above change now appears in the individual guidelines chapter and in the single PDF document file (see above).


Page last updated 17 August 2012

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