American Heart Association CPR Guidelines Development Process

(upbeat music) – The American Heart
Association creates guidelines for CPR and first aid to
help health care providers and community members perform
effective resuscitation on people in cardiac arrest. These guidelines are
followed by individuals and organizations across
the U.S. and the world. So where do these guidelines come from and how are they developed? The AHA is part of the International Liaison
Committee on Resuscitation, or ILCOR, and this committee reviews the latest resuscitation science. The AHA and other member
councils around the world then take this evidence, review it, and create the treatment
recommendations, algorithms and programs which help you become trained in performing high
quality, lifesaving CPR. To explain this process,
here’s Bob Neumar, Chair of the American Heart
Association ECC Committee and AHA delegate to ILCOR. – The science evaluation process really begins with ILCOR, which is the International Liaison
Committee on Resuscitation, and this is a consortium
of resuscitation councils similar to the American Heart
Association across the world that brings together the
world’s experts in the field to evaluate the current science and then generate a consensus on science and then draft treatment recommendations using grade methodology that
then is used by member councils to develop their guidelines. – Dr. Neumar, why is it
so important for the AHA and the six ILCOR member councils to develop this worldwide consensus and then develop guidelines
for their respective regions? – Obviously the ultimate goal of ILCOR is for everyone who has a cardiac arrest or requires resuscitation across the world should have access to
the same level of care. – That sums up the goal of the AHA, a world where no one
dies of cardiac arrest. For more on this and
other important issues, check out our new digital
digest at heart.org/eccdigest.

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