Author Affiliations: Advanced Cardiac Life Support Subcommittee, American Heart Association, Dallas, Tex; University of Arizona College of Medicine, Sarver Heart Center, Tucson (Dr Kern); Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md (Dr Halperin); and Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey (Dr Field).
Contempo Updates Section Editor: Alice T.
D. Hughes, MD, Fishbein Fellow.
Approximately every 6 years the American Heart Association, in conjunction
with a variety of other national and international organizations, has published
a comprehensive review and recommendations for cardiopulmonary resuscitation
(CPR) and emergency cardiac care.1- 4
Recently the cycle was completed again with the publication of "Guidelines
2000 for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care—International
Consensus on Science" (referred to as the Guidelines).5 The American Heart Association's Emergency Cardiovascular
Care Committee and its 3 subcommittees (Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac
Life Support [ACLS], and Pediatric Life Support [including Basic Life Support,
ALS, and Neonatal]) share responsibility for updating these recommendations
as new science becomes available. The latest report5
sets a new benchmark in comprehensive, evidence-based, international resuscitation
Kern KB, Halperin HR, Field J. New Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac CareChanges in the Management of Cardiac Arrest. JAMA. 2001;285(10):1267–1269. doi:10.1001/jama.285.10.1267