Resuscitation Council UK Guidelines

The Resuscitation Council UK 2021 Guidelines have been released this morning which you can view in full by clicking the image below.  A brief overview of relevant information for first aid training providers is detailed below.

There are no major changes within the guidelines, but HSQE Consultancy will work to comprehensively review the guidelines in detail and incorporate any changes to the resources and qualifications.  We will send out notification of these changes to you in due course.

Resuscitation Council UK Guidelines

2021 Basic Life Support Guidelines
Cardiac arrest recognition remains a key priority as it is the first step in triggering the emergency response to cardiac arrest.

Resuscitation Council UK Guidelines

Adult basic life support

There are no major changes in the 2021 Basic Life Support Guidelines.

Cardiac arrest recognition remains a key priority as it is the first step in triggering the emergency response to cardiac arrest.

When ringing 999 or 112, the ambulance call handler will assist with instructions for confirming cardiac arrest, starting compression-only CPR, and locating, retrieving, and using an AED (automated external defibrillator).

Chest compressions should commence as soon as possible after cardiac arrest is confirmed. Someone must fetch an AED and bring it to the scene of the cardiac arrest. The British Heart Foundation database, “The Circuit”, serves as a national resource for the location of AEDs.

Use of mobile phones with speaker function is emphasised to facilitate bystander access to dispatcher guided cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and to summon emergency medical services (EMS) without leaving the casualty.

Ensuring high quality CPR is emphasised.

Paediatric basic life support

This guideline applies to all infants and children except newborn babies (unless there is no other option at birth); it is expected that newborn babies will have access to professional hospital care at birth but if this is not the case, paediatric basic life support protocols should be followed. There are no major changes for 2021.

In the paediatric basic life support sequence, rescuers should perform assessment for signs of life (coughing or gagging) simultaneously with breathing assessment and during the delivery of rescue breaths. If there are no signs of life, chest compressions should be started immediately after the five rescue breaths have been delivered.

Use of mobile phones with speaker function is emphasised to facilitate bystander access to dispatcher guided cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and to summon emergency medical services (EMS) without leaving the child or infant. Ensuring high quality CPR is emphasised.

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