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Summary of 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines

Philips supports Guidelines 2010

Guidelines 2010 Instructor Timeline Update

April 2011 Update on Guidelines 2010

Dear Clients:

On Monday, October 18, 2010, the American Heart Association (AHA) announced the 2010 guidelines for CPR and the use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Every five years the American Heart Association evaluates the available research on resuscitation and determines what the future of CPR will be. This year while there are significant changes to the sequence of the CPR skills, the skills themselves are nearly identical.

Emergency Skills, Inc. and our instructors will be transitioning to teaching the 2010 AHA Guidelines over the next several weeks. Please note we will implement the new skills as soon as our instructors are thoroughly prepared. We will be observing the following approximate timeline for implementation:

  • November 12, 2010: Sarah Gillen and Barbara Kinter, ESI Training Center Faculty, will attend the first Instructor Rollout Conference in Chicago, IL.
  • November 15 - December 31, 2010: Instructors will complete an Instructor Webcast and skills testing.
  • Mid-December 2010 - January 2011: ESI will begin teaching new skills utilizing bridge materials from the AHA.
  • April - June 2011: Expected availability for new AHA training materials and course curriculum.
In the meantime, our instructors will be teaching the 2005 Guidelines in class along with information on Hands-only CPR. It is critical that you remain on schedule with your training during this transition. Having a regular opportunity to practice the psychomotor skills of CPR including chest compressions and breathing will ensure that you have the knowledge and the confidence to make a difference during a severe cardiac emergency.

At this point, we do NOT believe that Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) programmed for the 2005 guidelines will require updating. However we will notify you when we learn more from the defibrillator manufacturers.

Please use as your resource for all pertinent information on the American Heart Association 2010 Guidelines. As we learn information from the AHA and Philips Healthcare, the defibrillator manufacturer, we will post it this page.

Thank you very much for choosing Emergency Skills, Inc. as your training provider. If you have any question during this transition, please feel free to call or email me.


Sarah V. Gillen