Resuscitation Guidelines 2015 Guidance

Every 5 years the European Resuscitation Council (ERC), the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) review the latest research and evidence in resuscitation, and then release updated guidelines.  In addition to this, for the first time in history, this year the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) have also produced guidelines for first aid. Below is a summary of the key points relating to the new guidelines. Resuscitation Council (UK) Guidelines There are three key changes to highlight: 1.    ‘Shouting for help’ is no longer a step to be taught on its own. The guidelines now state that the first aider should ‘ask someone to call 999/112’ after checking for normal breathing. 2.    Increased emphasis on seizure as a possible presentation of cardiac arrest 3.    Teach first aiders to activate the speaker function on their phone when calling 999/112 to help communicate with the dispatcher. From the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) First Aid Guidelines Below are the key changes that will affect how first aid is taught: 4.    Elevation and Indirect pressure points are no longer recommended for the treatment of bleeding. 5.    Haemostatic dressings and tourniquets are to be used when direct pressure cannot control severe bleeding. 6.    Sucking chest wounds should be left open to the environment – Three sided dressings are no longer recommended. 7.    For the treatment of Asthma, first aiders should be taught how to administer an inhaler and how to use a spacer device. 8.    Hypoglycaemia – first aiders should aim to give 15-20g of glucose. 9.    Oral Carbohydrate-electrolyte beverages (sports energy-rehydration drinks) now recommended for exertion related dehydration. 10.    Burns should be cooled with water for a minimum of 10 minutes, as soon as possible. For further information please go to:

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