American Heart Association CPR Guidelines Development Process Video

The American Heart Association creates Guidelines for CPR and First Aid to help healthcare providers and community members perform effective resuscitation on people in cardiac arrest. This video describes the process to develop these Guidelines and the role the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) in this process.

2019 Focused Updates

As the leader in resuscitation science, we are excited to announce the release of the 2019 AHA Focused Updates to the CPR and ECC Guidelines, in cooperation with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR)(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window). Check out the Focused Updates Highlights as well as additional resources explaining these new updates.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivorship

Over the last decade, survival from cardiac arrest has improved. Like surviving stroke or cancer, it often requires medications and treatments after discharge. It may also create new challenges with physical function, memory, speech, or depression. Family members, caregivers, and healthcare providers may also need support alongside that of the patient.

A new statement in highlights survival after cardiac arrest as complex and requiring long-term support. Healthcare partners and community leaders can provide survivors, their families and rescuers the opportunities to not only share their stories, but also add their voices as powerful advocates for CPR training, automated external defibrillator (AED) use and general cardiac arrest awareness.

Telecommunicator CPR (T-CPR)

Telecommunicators, including dispatchers and emergency call takers, are the true first responders and a critical link in the cardiac arrest chain of survival. Working with the 9-1-1 caller, telecommunicators have the first opportunity to identify a victim in cardiac arrest and provide initial care by delivering CPR instructions while quickly dispatching emergency medical services.

A new statement provides guidance and resources to build and maintain a T-CPR program and identifies strategies to overcome common implementation barriers to T-CPR.

Care Considerations for the Pediatric Post Cardiac Arrest Patient

Pediatric post–cardiac arrest care focuses on anticipating, identifying, and treatment to improve survival and neurological outcomes. Read the statement from the AHA and learn more about key clinical problems in children after cardiac arrest and apply evidence-based guidelines for treatment.

The History of CPR

Check out the AHA's new podcast on the History of CPR! Join industry experts as they discuss the key differences between traditional CPR and Hands-Only CPR and understanding the key concepts of high-quality CPR.

Updates to AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC

In 2017, ILCOR and AHA began moving to a continuous evidence evaluation process and annual Guidelines update. These annual updates allow the rigor of a comprehensive review and expert consensus in as close to real-time as possible.

AHA Journals: Circulation

Circulation publishes original research manuscripts, review articles, and other content related to cardiovascular health and disease, including observational studies, clinical trials, epidemiology, health services and outcomes studies, and advances in basic and translational research.