Resuscitation Council (UK)


Guidelines and guidance

Guidelines 2010

The guidelines contain detailed information about 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.


Adult Basic Life Support

Adult Advanced Life Support

Paediatric Basic Life Support

Paediatric Advanced Life Support

Newborn Life Support

In-hospital resuscitation

The use of AEDs

Prevention of in-hospital cardiac arrest and decisions about CPR

Pre-hospital cardiac arrest

Peri-arrest arrhythmias


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.

Updates to Guidelines 2010

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.

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