Management of ventricular fibrillation by doctors in cardiac arrest teams

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6989.1265b (Published 13 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1265

Guidelines do not discount change according to clinical circumstance

  1. D B Todd
  1. Registrar in anaesthesia Sir Humphrey Davy Department of Anaesthesia, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol BS2 8HW

    EDITOR,—The audit of the management of cardiac arrest by T M Cook and J Handel agrees with many others in showing that doctors do not consistently apply guidelines on resuscitation.1 The interpretation of this as unacceptable seems to misunderstand the nature of guidelines generally and those of the European Resuscitation Council in particular.

    Guidelines suggest a course of action but do not …

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