The global approach to resuscitation has changed dramatically in the past year. The groundwork for these changes began a decade ago with the development of the Utstein guidelines for uniform reporting of critical events. Consistency in data collection was necessary to enable evidence-based review and comparison of current practice. Resuscitation protocols have been significantly altered based upon these data. Basic life support (BLS) protocols have been simplified. Early access to electrical cardioversion is the key to survival. Mobilization of AED technology in the community is essential. Several issues were identified as crucial to future improvement of resuscitation statistics. Prevention strategies should be developed for high-risk patients. There is a need to identify cases in which resuscitation should not be started. Enhancement of educational methods to improve performance and retention of skills is key. Finally, the roadblocks for performance of ethical prospective research must be minimized.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine