2015 Resuscitation Guidelines

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A look at how the 2015 guidelines were developed, including details of key changes, essential references and a list of abbreviations used.

Adult basic life support and automated external defibrillation

Examining the impact of quick action from bystanders and first responders, and guidance on how CPR training and AED awareness can be implemented and delivered in the community.

Adult advanced life support

Guidelines for treating adults who require advanced life support, including treatment interventions, reversible causes and decision-making.

Paediatric basic life support

Guidelines for healthcare professionals and the general public on giving CPR to a child in cardiac arrest.

Paediatric advanced life support

Guidelines for treating children who require advanced life support, including treatment interventions, reversible causes and decision making.

Resuscitation and support of transition of babies at birth

Guidelines for supporting the transition of babies at birth and treating those requiring life support.


Prehospital resuscitation

Best-practice advice on how to manage a patient before they reach hospital, with specific guidance on a range of circumstances.

In-hospital resuscitation

Guidelines on how to manage cardiac arrest in an in-hospital setting.

Post-resuscitation care

Specific guidelines on outcomes, complications, interventions and the management of patients post-cardiac arrest.

Prevention of cardiac arrest and decisions about CPR

A detailed review of the importance of recognition and prevention of cardiac arrest, including strategies for prevention and decision making.

Peri-arrest arrhythmias

Guidelines for the identification and treatment of per-arrest arrhythmias for the non-specialist practitioner

Education and implementation of resuscitation

Guidelines for achieving a gold-standard level of education in resuscitation practice across all sectors.

Accreditation of the 2015 Guidelines

In March 2015 Resuscitation Council UK received NICE Accreditation for the process used to assemble and produce all its guideline documents. These Resuscitation Guidelines have been developed as documented in the Resuscitation Council UK Guidelines Development Process Manual (2014). Accreditation is valid for five years from March 2015.

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.

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