2010 AHA/ERC Guidelines for CPR and defibrillation

What are Guidelines 2010?

On October 18th, 2010, the American Heart Association (AHA) and European Resuscitation Council (ERC) released their 2010 Guidelines for resuscitation. These guidelines are updated once every five years, and reflect the latest scientific research on CPR and ECC (Emergency Cardiac Care). Because the Guidelines impact Automated External Defibrillator (AED) guidelines for a responder, Cardiac Science is committed to providing you with the latest information affecting AED equipment.

You can download a summary or a detailed version of the 2010 Guidelines from these links:

Watch a summary of the guidelines from the American Heart Association:

How are these new Guidelines established?

The American Heart Association (AHA), European Resuscitation Council (ERC), and six other international resuscitation organizations participated in the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

ILCOR conducted a systematic review of the scientific evidence for emergency cardiac care. Through this process, ILCOR reviewed more than 250 studies and published specific resuscitation recommendations. The AHA and ERC adopted some of these recommendations as guidelines, which may affect how responders are trained in CPR and AED use.

What are some of the topics that they address?

ILCOR reviewed scientific research pertaining to the major areas of resuscitation. These include:

  • Basic Life Support
  • Advanced Life Support
  • Pediatric Life Support
  • Defibrillation

What does this mean for you?

The new Guidelines impact how anyone involved in a resuscitation or life-supporting procedure performs in these critical situations. Some AED manufacturers may need to make changes to how their devices perform in these situations in order to support the new Guidelines.

Training – The AHA, ERC, and American Red Cross update their training materials to reflect the new Guidelines. It will be important to update your training in order to understand the latest protocols for CPR and ECC.

AED Equipment – We are happy to announce that our current Powerheart products support the latest Guidelines releases.