This pocket book contains the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) Guidelines for Resuscitation 2005 in a concise, quick reference format for practical use in the field. The full guidelines will be published as a Supplement to the journal "Resuscitation" (December 2005) and will also appear in hardback book format (ISBN 0080448704). The clinical guidelines encompass the latest advances in resuscitation science and are evidence-based, providing the reader with an international consensus on best practice for safe and effective resuscitation. The recommendations cover the broad range of resuscitation scenarios that the lay-person or medical professional might encounter, both in and out of hospital. From basic to advanced life support, in adults, children and babies, every physician will find this a useful reference regardless of their experience. The appropriate procedures are presented in a step-by-step, easy to follow format with accompanying artwork to further clarify the necessary actions. Algorithms are used to summarise the key decisions and steps to be taken in each emergency situation. This approach will aid learning and encourage skill retention.
Written by opinion leaders in the field of resuscitation, this pocket book is a culmination of the latest scientific evidence evaluated by international experts throughout Europe. These comprehensive guidelines will be an invaluable companion for all healthcare providers in their pursuit of optimum emergency care.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Adult basic life support and use of automated external defibrillators 3. Advanced life support 4. Initial management of acute coronary syndromes 5. Paediatric life support 6. Cardiac arrest in special circumstances 7. The ethics of resuscitation and end of life decisions 8. Principles of training in resuscitation