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SAVE MORE LIVES WITH THE LATEST SCIENCECommitted to saving lives through research, training, and education2010BETTER PRACTICES SAVE MORE LIVESMil ions of healthcare professionals worldwide rely on the American HeartAssociation’s Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) andEmergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) in their mission to save more lives.These guidelines are based on a systematic, evidence-based review of resuscitation science. The science is always changing, which is why American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC are updated everyfive years, with additional Scientific Statements released when necessary.In late 2010, the American Heart Association will publish new guidelinesfor CPR and ECC based on the scientific consensus of leaders in internationalresuscitation science. The guidelines reflect our continued commitment to save lives by updating resuscitation science, training, and education, and to improve the quality of care given by lay rescuers and healthcare providers.LIFESAVING GUIDELINES DEVELOPED BY TRUSTED PRACTITIONERSThe Role of AHAWho Makes the ChangesThe 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC reinforces the The 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC are based ECC Program’s mission, which is uniquely focused on strictly on the science consensus reached by physicians, empowering people to save lives. We are not exclusively nurses, scientists, researchers, and EMS professionals responsible for the science upon which these Guidelines from around the world. These volunteers are appointed by are based; rather, the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and their peers and serve independently from the AHA and ECC represent a committed effort of international any commercial interests. volunteer leaders in reviewing, evaluating, and discussing resuscitation science through a multi-year, comprehensive Clear, Unbiased Judgmentreview process.The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) and the AHA consider conflict of interest of the utmost importance in maintaining the integrity of the evidence evaluation process. Every good faith effort is taken to resolve any real or perceived conflicts of interest during the entire science review process. The conference is free of any financial support from commercial entities.©2009, American Heart Association. 80-1100 1/09THE 2010 GUIDELINES PROCESSKey Points of the 2010 Guidelines ProcessInviting Feedback – Preliminary Guidelines• Evidence-basedBased on the ILCOR 2010 Consensus, the American Heart • Thorough, detailed, collaborative and unbiasedAssociation will develop its 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. • International in scope• Involve actual practitioners who will base treatment onFrom Consensus to Guidelinesnew guidelinesThe 2010 Consensus Conference deals exclusively with evaluating • Continually improving processand interpreting peer-reviewed, published scientific evidence in • Include many opportunities for input over a long period of time.order to achieve a consensus on resuscitation science. The American Heart Association wil then create new CPR and ECC Guidelines Planningand practitioner recommendations from the international consensus ILCOR, a body of seven (AHA, ERC, IAHF, HSFC, ANZCOR, RCSA, RCA) on science.international resuscitation organizations, including the American Heart • The ILCOR 2010 CPR Consensus recommendations will beAssociation, began preparation for the 2010 International Consensus published concurrently in the journals, Circulation and Resuscitation conference in early 2007.in late 2010.Reviewing the Science• The 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC wil be publishedin Circulation in late 2010. ILCOR is conducting systematic, evidence-based reviews and updates of more than 300 CPR and ECC topics. This process • The Winter issue of Currents, to be published in December 2010, will represents the most comprehensive review of the resuscitation feature updates on resuscitation science most directly applicable literature to date.to the needs of the AHA Instructor Network, healthcare providers, and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.International experts from different organizations wil review each topic, rating the level and quality of evidence using a standardized What the New Guidelines Mean for Youinternational evidence evaluation process to develop a “worksheet” for each topic. Every worksheet wil be reviewed by an As a practical matter, the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC will evidence-evaluation expert to ensure that the review process involve change. You may have to learn new techniques, and you was systematical y and consistently used across disciplines. There are wil need new training materials. The sooner you incorporate these new separate ILCOR task forces for Basic Life Support, Advanced guidelines into your treatment regimen, the faster you will be able to Life Support, Pediatric Life Support, Neonatal Life Support, Acute translate the new science into saving more lives.Coronary Syndromes/Myocardial Infarction, Education and Implementation teams.BE PREPAREDWorksheets are then discussed in an ongoing series of international Please register to receive your e-mail alert for the Winter issue of meetings, which will culminate with the 2010 International Consensus Currents aton CPR and ECC Science With Treatment Recommendations Conference, hosted by the AHA in February 2010. ILCOR wil also americanheart.org/cprinitiate a public comment time during 2009 to al ow the healthcare community to read, review, and comment on every worksheet on a public Internet site, www.americanheart.org/ILCORPresenting ResultsEach topic will be presented in either a plenary session, a discipline- specific breakout session, or a poster session. Each topic will be discussed and critiqued by the assembled international resuscitation experts until a consensus is reached.Reaching ConsensusThe results of the 2010 Consensus Conference will be published in late 2010.