Single rescuer adult basic life support

TitleSingle rescuer adult basic life support
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsHandley, AJ
Conference NameInternational Medical-Rescue Conference
Date Published09/1997
PublisherInternational Life Saving Federation
Conference LocationSan Diego, California, USA
Call Number17
Other Numbers120
KeywordsBLS, ILCOR

Dr. Handley’s article is reproduced by kind permission of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation and the Editor-in-Chief of “Resuscitation.”

This document presents the consensus view of the Basic Life Support (BLS) Working Group of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), which represents the world’s major resuscitation organisations (including the American Heart Association, Australian Resuscitation Council, European Resuscitation Council, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa). These ‘advisory statements’ have evolved during ten meetings of ILCOR from 1991 to the present.

The scientific basis for the treatment of cardiac arrest has an active international literature [1], The purpose of creating these advisory statements is to take full advantage of international perspectives and experience in the basic management of cardiac arrest. It is hoped that the ‘Sequence o f Action' can be used as a template by individual national resuscitation organisations. This template should not, however, be considered as a rigid standard. It is intended primarily to remove the many minor international differences in BLS education that have developed over the last thirty years, often without any basis in science. For example, if the current BLS guidelines of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) are compared, most of the differences that exist are without any particular rationale and are based simply on quirks of historical practice. It is hoped that by removing these, BLS training can become as uniform as possible throughout the world.