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June 8, 2005

Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation—Reply

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(22):2713-2714. doi:10.1001/jama.293.22.2713-b

In Reply: We look forward to the final recommendations from the ILCOR/AHA ECC Committee. In our Editorial, we noted that with each update of the guidelines, ECC/advanced cardiac life support training has become progressively more complex. We hope that the new guidelines will be simpler. We recommend that ECC return to a primary focus on cardiac arrest and consider eliminating elaborate guidelines for other cardiovascular conditions such as acute myocardial infarction, stroke, arrhythmias, and pulmonary edema. In this way, the ECC guidelines for CPR could be updated more frequently.

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