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