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Name of Media:

Prevention of cardiac arrest and decisions about CPR


Gary Smith, David Pitcher

Publisher or Source:

Resuscitation Council (UK) - RCUK

Type of Media:

Medical Professional Education

Media Originally for:

Critical Care Physicians,General Medical Professionals,Nurses and/or Other Critical Care Medical Professionals

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)

Primary Focus of Media:

Pre-Use of PICS Designation

COVID-19 Related:



Prevention of cardiac arrest is the first link in the Chain of Survival. This section of the Resuscitation Council UK guidelines stresses the importance of preventing cardiac arrest in all age groups, and the decision-making process when cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is inappropriate. This update is based on the European Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2015, and includes updates based on NICE Clinical Guideline 50, and the guidance from the British Medical Association (BMA), Resuscitation Council UK, and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) on decisions relating to CPR. The General Medical Council publication, ‘Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in decision making’, also includes advice on decisions relating to CPR.

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