Survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest remains unacceptably low worldwide, and it is the leading cause of death in developed countries. Sudden cardiac arrest takes more lives than HIV and lung and breast cancer combined in the U.S., where survival from cardiac arrest averages about 5% overall, taking the lives of nearly 350,000 annually. To put it in perspective, that is equivalent to three commercial airline crashes every single day of the year.

Yet survival rates can exceed 50% when immediate and effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is combined with prompt use of a defibrillator. The difference between the current survival rates and what is possible has given rise to the need for Resuscitation Central, where you can find the latest non-commercial information on new approaches and technologies making improvements possible. Serving as an educational and informative portal for all things resuscitation, this site aims to provide physicians, nurses, and emergency personnel with valuable clinical information, expert resources, and a fresh look at all facets of resuscitation today.

The 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC)

Guidelines 2015, printed as a supplement to Circulation, is the premier resource for treatment protocols pertaining to CPR and ECC. This latest version of the guidelines has been streamlined to make learning and remembering the most important skills as easy as possible. It’s a comprehensive review of the treatment protocols and algorithms for CPR, BLS, Defibrillation, Pacing, Cardiac Arrest, Stroke, and Hypothermia to name a just a few.