That’s the advice from the Australian Resuscitation Council. The voluntary co-ordinating body represents all major groups involved in the teaching and practice of resuscitation. Sponsored by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, they are an excellent reference source when it comes to techniques and terminology.
The Australian Resuscitation Council produces guidelines to assist in fostering uniformity and simplicity. The guidelines are produced after consideration of all available scientific and published material and are only issued after acceptance by all member organisations. Safe to say, their advice can be trusted.
COVID-19 and Sudden Cardiac Arrest
What about resuscitation in the midst of a pandemic? How has COVID-19 affestced best practice? The Australian Resuscitation Council has updated it’s instructions for this new era with compression only CPR and responder safety guidelines.
The development of easy to operate AEDs has led to the inclusion of defibrillation in basic life support and resuscitation teaching. AEDs can accurately identify a heart’s cardiac rhythm as ‘shockable’ or ‘non-shockable’ and provide visual and verbal prompts of the next steps.
The ANZCOR guidelines for for use of AEDs in basic life support are a great resource for bystanders, first responders, first aiders and health professionals.