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* What's New - March 2015


'Kids Save Lives' statement has been endorsed by the World Health Organisation
The Resuscitation Council (UK) are very pleased that the ERC statement '
Kids Save Lives' has been endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This statement highlights the importance of teaching CPR to all school children around the globe. The document reinforces the difference that early CPR can have on survival outcomes following sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) an issue that causes 2,000 deaths worldwide every day. By introducing just 2 hours of CPR teaching per year for all children over 12, the WHO believe that SCA survival rates would improve and in turn lead to improved global health. Dr Andy Lockey, Honorary Secretary of the Resuscitation Council (UK), said "The WHO is a highly respected and credible organisation of international health experts and their support should lend further pressure for the campaign to make CPR education mandatory for all children".

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.

The Resuscitation Council (UK) awarded NICE

The Resuscitation Council (UK) [RC (UK)] has become one of only 19 UK charities to receive NICE accreditation.

In 2012 the National Centre for Clinical Excellence (NICE) awarded the RC (UK) accreditation for the resuscitation Guidelines 2010. Three years on the RC (UK) applied for and has received NICE accreditation for the process used to assemble and produce all its guideline documents.

The RC (UK) works to promote high-quality, scientific resuscitation guidelines that are applicable to everybody, and to contribute to saving life through education, training, research and collaboration. In October 2015 the RC (UK) will publish new resuscitation guidelines.

The NICE accreditation mark will be displayed on guidelines to inform users that they can expect it to be a high quality source of information. The accreditation is valid for five years from March 2015.

Dr Jasmeet Soar, member of the Executive Committee and Lead Author of the process manual said, “I’m pleased that NICE has recognised that RC (UK) has a robust guidelines development process that both healthcare professionals and the public can rely on.”

Since 2009, NICE has accredited 62 guidance development processes on a number of different medical areas. The Resuscitation council (UK) is proud to be part of this number.

Professor Martin Underwood, Chair of the NICE Accreditation Advisory Committee said: “I am delighted to congratulate the Resuscitation Council (UK) who successfully met all 25 criteria on which their processes were assessed. The charity aims to save lives through the education of the public, as well as improving the education of healthcare professionals in relation to resuscitation. Therefore I am particularly pleased to congratulate them on the degree to which lay members are involved in development of their guidance.”

More information about the NICE accrediation report can be found on the NICE website.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation
   (2nd edition)

The training manual Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation (2nd edition) is now being sold at a reduced price. We have a limited stock of these and with the implementation of new CPR Guidelines in October 2015 the Resuscitation Council (UK) has no plans to develop a 3rd edition of this publication. 
No of Copies      Price per copy
1 - 249                £3
250 - 500            £2.50
Postage and packaging is included for deliveries in the UK
(If you would like to order more than 500 copies please contact us for prices).

This manual  can be used by any trainer/organisation and is suitable for those who wish to train in CPR and the use of an AED, whether they be healthcare providers, lay community responders or members of the public. The manual is based on Guidelines 2010 and focuses on links 2 and 3 of the Chain of Survival (i.e. early CPR and early defibrillation).  The aim of the manual is to:

  • provide the content of a CPR/AED course;
  • outline the learning outcomes that should be achieved;
  • give advice to resuscitation trainers on the delivery of CPR/AED training and the essential information required during a CPR/AED course;
  • provide a certificate that the candidate attended a CPR/AED course and correctly demonstrated the skills required on a manikin during simulated cardiac arrest;
  • provide a log-book for the candidate to complete as a record of training and re-training.

CPR Guidelines 2015 - ILCOR reviews ready for public comment
Publication of Resuscitation Council (UK) CPR Guidelines 2015
The Resuscitation Council (UK) CPR Guidelines are based on an international process coordinated by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

ILCOR has an online public commenting process with the objective of providing transparent and rigorous treatment recommendations based on high-quality systematic evidence reviews. To comment on ILCOR systematic reviews go to

As a stakeholder in resuscitation care, the RC (UK) encourages you or your organisation to participate in the ILCOR public comment process. Further reviews will be added over the next month.

ILCOR’s Consensus on Science with Treatment Recommendations (CoSTR) document is scheduled for online publication in the medical journals Circulation and Resuscitation on 15 October 2015.  The Resuscitation Council (UK) will publish resuscitation guidelines based in part on the CoSTR science review on 15 October 2015.

'The Chokeables' from St John Ambulance
The Resuscitation Council (UK) fully supports the new campaign by St John Ambulance; Dr Andrew Lockey explains why it's so important - 'The Chokeables highlights the potential danger of everyday objects to babies: a pen lid, a marble and even a jelly sweet. As an Emergency Physician I have seen several deaths caused by choking, a number of which could easily have been prevented by using first aid skills. St John's imaginative and engaging advert demonstrates how to help a choking baby in three swift steps. Their research found that 80% of parents wouldn't know how to administer the correct first aid if they found themselves in the situation. Let's help change this by watching and sharing The Chokeables, it is lifesaving information that every parent should watch.'

Membership criteria updated
The Resuscitation Council (UK) has made changes to the criteria for becoming a member and increased the benefits offered to members.


Page last updated 15 April 2015

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