This is a synthesis of the new guidelines on the care of cardiac arrest, with key updates based on the best scientific evidence, to facilitate better-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation among health professionals.
The occurrence of cardiac arrest is a stressful and critical event. Despite technological advances in the training of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques, mortality remains high, and patients survive up to discharge with high levels of neurological complications. The European Resuscitation Council guidelines and the American Heart Association as of 2015 hold the best recommendations in performing CPR.
On September 9, 2009, fire swept through a hospital on the Caribbean island of St Lucia, killing three patients. A definite plan to deal with major emergencies is an important element of any health institution.