ILCOR uses a formal evidence evaluation process (opens new window) to identify and prioritize questions and assign reviewers, and specifies minimum requirements for every search strategy, including: Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Systematic Reviews. Reviewers are also provided EndNote reference software and access to a resuscitation reference library. Every reviewer rates the level and quality of evidence using a standardized international evidence evaluation form. There are separate international task forces for each of the following areas: Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support, Pediatric Life Support, Neonatal Life Support, Acute Coronary Syndrome/Myocardial Infarction, and Education, Implementation and Teams.
Where can I go to review the 2010 ILCOR evidence evaluation worksheets (opens new window)?
After the studies are examined and rated, what is the next step?
Starting in 2006, ILCOR began holding one to two meetings per year, which culminated with the "2010 International Consensus on CPR and ECC Science with Treatment Recommendations" conference in Dallas, Texas in early 2010.
ILCOR published an updated CoSTR statement in 2010, which represented the scientific consensus of experts from a variety of countries, cultures and disciplines.
Is this where the new Guidelines were drawn up?
No. As in 2005, the 2010 International CoSTR Conference dealt exclusively with evaluating and interpreting peer-reviewed, published scientific evidence for each specific topic. The results of this conference provided the scientific basis from which each resuscitation council compiled individual Council Guidelines for ECC and CPR as well as practitioner recommendations.
What about conflicts of interest?
Both ILCOR and the AHA have conflict of interest policies that are consistent with "best in industry" standards. Everyone involved with the 2010 International CoSTR Conference was required to complete and sign a Conflict of Interest Questionnaire.
Every Conflict of Interest Questionnaire is reviewed by the AHA and potential significant conflicts of interest are further reviewed by a Conflict of Interest Task Force. ILCOR and the AHA consider conflict of interest of the utmost importance in maintaining the integrity of the evidence evaluation process and have made every good faith effort to resolve any real conflicts of interest among conference participants. This process was outlined in detail in a 2005 editorial (opens new window).
ILCOR recently published a consensus statement (opens new window) highlighting scientific knowledge gaps and clinical research priorities identified during the 2005 International CPR Consensus Conference that, if addressed in the coming years, could inform new recommendations for the 2010 CoSTR statement.