The American Heart Association has made several changes to its guidelines and standard algorithms for basic life support, advanced cardiovascular life support, and pediatric advanced life support. This article provides an overview of the newest additions and deletions so you're up to date on the most recent advances in emergency cardiovascular care.
Karen Jean Craig is the owner of EMS Educational Services, Inc. in Cheltenham, Pa. Mary Patricia Day is a staff nurse anesthetist at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.
Find out about the changes to BLS, ACLS, and PALS.
Adapted and updated from Craig KJ, Day MP. Are you up to date on the latest BLS and ACLS guidelines? Nursing. 2011;41(5):40–44, and Craig KJ, Day MP. Update your knowledge of the latest PALS guidelines. Nursing. 2011;41(6):44–47.