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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

A live-action film teaching CPR

  Consensus Paper on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in England
    This consensus paper has been developed by the British Heart
    Foundation, Resuscitation Council (UK) and NHS England to help
    explain the analysis of data on the incidence and survival rates of
    out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in England.
    (Adobe PDF format)

  Quality standards for cardiopulmonary resuscitation

  Decisions relating to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
    A Joint Statement from the British Medical Association,
    the Resuscitation Council (UK),
    and the Royal College of Nursing.
    Updated version October 2014     (Adobe PDF format)

  Recommended standards for recording DNAR decisions
    (Includes model DNAR forms (adult and paediatric)
    and notes for completion)

  Decisions about Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
    General information leaflet for patients and their relatives,
    friends and carers

  Training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
    and automated external defibrillators - FAQs and learning outcomes

  Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation training resources

Cardiovascular implanted electronic devices (CIEDs)

CIEDs in people towards the end of life, during cardiopulmonary resuscitation and after death

Each year, many thousands of people have electronic devices implanted, including pacemakers, implantable defibrillators and small recorders to monitor the heart’s rhythm. This new document from the Resuscitation Council (UK), the British Cardiovascular Society and the National Council for Palliative Care provides comprehensive guidance on what should be done when someone with one of these implanted electronic devices is approaching the end of their life, suffers sudden cardiac arrest or has died.

This detailed guidance is supported by a practical guide for health professionals Deactivation of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators towards the end of life and by an information leaflet for patients and carers.

Information leaflet (doc)
Information leaflet (rtf)



Treatment of anaphylactic reactions

  The Emergency Treatment of Anaphylactic Reactions
    Guidelines for healthcare providers.
    January 2008                                (Adobe PDF format)
    Annotated with links to NICE guidance         July 2012
           Posters of the treatment algorithms  


  Frequently asked questions on the above document

  Anaphylaxis Slide set

  PodCast discussions on the diagnosis, management and follow-up
    of acute anaphylaxis


Other medical information and reports

  National database of Automated External Defibrillation (AED) use.
    The Council has published
a further report covering the latest analysis
    of almost 3500 reports.

  Link to NICE Quality Standard for end of life care for adults
    This link to the NICE website provides the NICE quality standard
    for end of life care for adults. This document has been endorced
    by the Resuscitation Council (UK) and other organisations

  Link to MHRA safety warnings
    This link to the MHRA website provides the latest medical device alerts
    and drug alerts on defective medicines, along with related guidance

  The Legal status of those who attempt resuscitation

  Guidance for Safer handling during resuscitation
    in healthcare settings     (Adobe PDF format)

  Should relatives witness resuscitation?
    A Resuscitation Council project team report
    October 1996

  The National Tracheostomy Safety Project -
    The emergency management of tracheostomies and laryngectomies

  Paediatric emergency treatment chart
    (Adobe PDF format)

  Link to Paediatric tracheostomy advice
    This link to the UCL Institute of Child Health / Great Ormond Street
    Hospital for Children NHS Trust provides guidelines for practitioners
    looking after children with tracheostomies.   It includes resuscitation
    guidance and a tracheostomy resuscitation algorithm.


  Air / oxygen blenders and pulse oximetry in resuscitation at birth


  Suggested equipment for Newborn Life Support


  Suggested equipment for use in homebirth

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