Yesterday the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) released the 2015 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science (ECC) With Treatment Recommendations (CoSTR). Related to the ILCOR document, the American Heart Association has also released the 2015 CPR, ECC, and First Aid Guidelines Update. These important documents have a direct impact on our ASHI and MEDIC First Aid emergency care programs.
Here’s what our ASHI and MEDIC First Aid instructors can expect over the next few weeks:
HSI will offer an informative webinar, “G2015 Guidelines Update Highlights – What it means for you,” to discuss first reactions to the new recommendations and findings. Join us on October 27 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Not available then? Not a problem — we will record the webinar and make it available through Otis for anytime listening.
Please note that this webinar is not a substitute for your G2015 Instructor Update Course.
Guidelines Update Summary
We are currently in the process of reviewing and identifying the changes within the guidelines and will create a freely available “Guidelines Update Summary” document outlining those changes. We anticipate releasing our summary during the first week of November.
The G2015 Instructor Update Courses
We will offer online Instructor Update Courses as well as classroom versions. You can also take your Instructor Update Course at one of our upcoming guidelines meetings. Instructors must successfully complete, and Training Center directors must pay for, the appropriate Instructor Update Course in order to teach the new G2015 programs.
To help address the desire to include the new guidelines into training as soon as possible, we are creating interim training materials that will allow instructors to incorporate some of the most significant changes in science and treatment recommendations into the current (G2010) training materials.
The interim materials will be available to authorized ASHI and MEDIC First Aid instructors who successfully complete their G2015 Instructor Update Course and whose Training Center director has paid for the G2015 Instructor Update Course.
Once the appropriate G2015 Instructor Update Course is successfully completed and paid for, the authorized instructor or instructor trainer may begin to use the interim materials for teaching and certification until the G2015 training programs are available.
The use of the interim materials is optional. The release of new science and treatment recommendations does not imply that the use of previous recommendations is not effective or unsafe, so instructors can also continue to teach and certify using the G2010 materials until December 31, 2016.
HSI staff members will be traveling around the country for a series of meetings to discuss the guidelines update and program changes and to offer the G2015 Instructor Update Course. For location details, visit our event page.
We look forward to working with you as we update our programs to conform with the latest science and treatment recommendations published.