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Adult advanced cardiac life support: the European Resuscitation Council guidelines 1992 (abridged). European Resuscitation Council Working Party.

BMJ 1993; 306 doi: (Published 12 June 1993) Cite this as: BMJ 1993;306:1589


The European Resuscitation Council, established in 1990, is committed to saving lives by improving standards of cardiopulmonary resuscitation across Europe and coordinating the activities of interested organisations and individuals. In this regard the council has successfully brought together physicians and surgeons from eastern and western Europe and, in addition, has established relations with the American Heart Association and equivalent organisations in Canada, Australia, and South Africa. A main objective of the European Resuscitation Council is to produce guidelines for cardiopulmonary and cerebral resuscitation, and in this paper members of a working party of 14 experts from 11 countries set out an abridged version of the council's guidelines for adult advanced cardiac life support. The council hopes that the guidelines and accompanying algorithms will serve as a ready use "how to do it" for ordinary practitioners and paramedics inside and outside hospital.