Guidelines

Our guidelines provide those involved in resuscitation education and practice with recommendations based on scientific evidence.


ANZCOR Guidelines

Are you looking for the new resuscitation guidelines? ANZCOR guidelines and algorithms, including those released on 13 January 2016, are freely available on this web page.

ANZCOR is the Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation, of which the Australian Resuscitation Council and New Zealand Resuscitation Council are its members. Through ANZCOR, Australian and New Zealand interests are represented on the International Liaison Committee of Resuscitation (ILCOR).

ANZCOR guidelines replace earlier New Zealand Resuscitation Council guidelines and are endorsed by both Councils. ANZCOR guidelines are informed by peer-reviewed international evidence. No matter who you are as a rescuer – bystander, first aider, first responder or health professionals – ANZCOR guidelines facilitate a standard approach to resuscitation best practice in Australia and New Zealand.

If you have a question or comment about any guideline then please contact us through the website. Some queries that we've received can be found here.

Quick links to Guidelines by Section 

Algorithms and flowcharts
Sections 2-8 Guidelines - Basic Life Support

Section 9 - First Aid and Specific Emergencies
Section 10 - Education and Implementation
Section 11 - Adult Advanced Life Support
Section 12 - Paediatric Advanced Life Support
Section 13 - Neonatal Guidelines
Section 14 - Acute Coronary Syndromes

A Summary of Changes is also available for each section of ANZCOR Guidelines (January 2016). Please refer to the section that interests you.


Algorithms and flowcharts

Basic Life Support
Advanced Life Support for Adults
Advanced Life Support for Infants and Children
Newborn Life Support
Adult Anaphylaxis
Paediatric Anaphylaxis
Choking

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Section 1 - About the Council

Guideline 1.4 - Principles and Format for Developing Guidelines (December 2010)

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Sections 2-8 - Basic Life Support 

Guideline 2 - Managing an Emergency (August 2016)
Guideline 3 - Recognition and First Aid Management of the Unconscious Person (January 2016)
Guideline 4 - Airway (January 2016)
Guideline 5 - Breathing (January 2016)
Guideline 6 - Compressions (January 2016)
Guideline 7 - Automated External Defibrillation in Basic Life Support (January 2016)
Guideline 8 - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (January 2016)

Basic Life Support guidelines Summary of Changes (January 2016).

All Basic Life Support guidelines as of August 2016.

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Section 9 - First Aid and Specific Emergencies

Guideline 9.1.1 - First Aid Management of Bleeding (July 2017)
Guideline 9.1.3 - First Aid Management of Burns (January 2016)
Guideline 9.1.4 - First Aid Management of a Head Injury (January 2016)
Guideline 9.1.6 - First Aid Management of Suspected Spinal Injury (January 2016)
Guideline 9.1.7 - Emergency Management of a Crushed Victim (March 2013)
Guideline 9.2.1 - First Aid Management of a Heart Attack (September 2016)
Guideline 9.2.2 - First Aid Management of Stroke (September 2016)
Guideline 9.2.3 - First Aid Management of Shock (January 2016)
Guideline 9.2.4 - First Aid Management of a Seizure (November 2014)
Guideline 9.2.5 - First Aid Management of Asthma (November 2016)
Guideline 9.2.7 - First Aid Management of Anaphylaxis (August 2016) (see Notes)
Guideline 9.2.10 - The Use of Oxygen in Emergencies (January 2016)
Guideline 9.3.2 - Resuscitation of the Drowning Victim (March 2014)
Guideline 9.3.4 - First Aid Management of Heat-induced Illness (Hyperthermia) (January 2016)
Guideline 9.3.5 - Resuscitation of Divers who have used Compressed Gas (November 2011)
Guideline 9.4.3 - First Aid Management of Envenomation from Tick Bites and Bee, Wasp and Ant Stings (September 2016)
Guideline 9.5.1 - Emergency Management of a Victim who has been Poisoned (July 2011)

First Aid guidelines Summary of Changes (January 2016).

All First Aid and Specific Emergencies guidelines as of August 2017.

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Section 10 - Education and Implementation 

Guideline 10.1 - Basic Life Support (BLS) Training (March 2013)
Guideline 10.3 - Cross Infection Risks and Manikin Disinfection (December 2010)
Guideline 10.5 - Legal and Ethical Issues related to Resuscitation (November 2015)
Guideline 10.6 - Family Presence during Resuscitation (August 2016)

All Education and Implementation guidelines as of August 2016.

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Section 11 - Adult Advanced Life Support 

Guideline 11.1 - Introduction to Adult Advanced Life Support (January 2016)
Guideline 11.2 - Protocols for Adult Advanced Life Support (June 2017) (see Notes)
Guideline 11.3 - Precordial Thump and Fist Pacing (July 2011)
Guideline 11.4 - Electrical Therapy for Adult Advanced Life Support (January 2016)
Guideline 11.5 - Medications in Adult Cardiac Arrest (August 2016) (see Notes)
Guideline 11.6 - Equipment and Techniques in Adult Advanced Life Support (Janaury 2016)
Guideline 11.6.1 - Targeted Oxygen Therapy in Adult Advanced Life Support (January 2016)
Guideline 11.7 - Post-Resuscitation Therapy in Adult Advanced Life Support (January 2016)
Guideline 11.8 - Targeted Temperature Management after Cardiac Arrest (January 2016)
Guideline 11.10 - Resuscitation in Special Circumstances (November 2011) (see Notes)
Guideline 11.10.1 - Management of Cardiac Arrest due to Trauma (April 2016)

Adult Advanced Life Support guidelines Summary of Changes (January 2016).

All Adult Advanced Life Support guidelines as of June 2017.

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Section 12 - Paediatric Advanced Life Support

Guideline 12.1 - Introduction to Paediatric Advanced Life Support (June 2017) (see Notes)
Guideline 12.2 - Advanced Life Support for Infants and Children: Diagnosis and Initial Management (January 2016)
Guideline 12.3 - Flowchart for the Sequential Management of Life-threatning Disrhythmias in Infants and Children (January 2016)
Guideline 12.4 - Medications and Fluids in Paediatric Advanced Life Support (August 2016) (see Notes)
Guideline 12.5 - Management of Specific Disrhythmias in Paediatric Advanced Life Support (August 2016) (see Notes)
Guideline 12.6 - Techniques in Paediatric Advanced Life Support (January 2016)
Guideline 12.7 - Management after ROSC in Paediatric Advanced Life Support (January 2016)

Paediatric Advanced Life Support guidelines Summary of Changes (January 2016).

All Paediatric Advanced Life Support guidelines as of June 2017.

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Section 13 - Neonatal Resuscitation

Guideline 13.1 - Introduction to Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (June 2017) (see Notes)
Guideline 13.2 - Planning for Neonatal Resuscitation and Identification of the Newborn at Risk (January 2016)
Guideline 13.3 - Assessment of the Newborn Infant (January 2016)
Guideline 13.4 - Airway Management and Mask Ventilation of the Newborn Infant (January 2016)
Guideline 13.5 - Tracheal Intubation and Ventilation of the Newly Born Infant (August 2016) (see Notes)
Guideline 13.6 - Chest Compressions during Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (August 2016) (see Notes)
Guideline 13.7 - Medications or Fluids for the Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (August 2016) (see Notes)
Guideline 13.8 - The Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant in Special Circumstances (January 2016)
Guideline 13.9 - After the Resuscitaiton of a Newborn Infant (January 2016)
Guideline 13.10 - Ethical Issues in Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant (January 2016)

Guideline - Physiology of Birth Asphyxia (October 2014)

Neonatal Resuscitation guidelines Summary of Changes (January 2016).

All Neonatal Resuscitation guidelines as of June 2016.

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Section 14 - Acute Coronary Syndromes

Guideline 14 - Acute Coronary Syndromes (February 2011)
Guideline 14.1 - Acute Coronary Syndromes: Presentation with ACS (January 2016)
Guideline 14.1.2 - The use of a Gastro Intestinal Cocktail for the Diagnosis of Acute Coronary Syndromes in Adult Emergency Patients presenting with Chest Pain (February 2015)
Guideline 14.2 - Acute Coronary Syndromes: Initial Medical Therapy (January 2016)
Guideline 14.3 - Acute Coronary Syndromes: Reperfusion Strategy (January 2016)

All Acute Coronary Syndromes guidelines as of January 2016.

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Notes 

The Anaphylaxis algorithm given in Guideline 11.10 - Resuscitation in Special Circumstances (November 2011) has been superseded by the ANZCOR Adult Anaphylaxis flow chart (January 2016).

ANZCOR guidelines 9.2.7, 11.5, 12.4, 12.5, 13.1, 13.5, 13.6, and 13.7 were amended in August 2016 to include those standardised medication names used by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Department of Health, Australian Government.

ANZCOR guidelines 11.2, 12.1, and 13.1 were updated in June 2017 to include the a statement on checking and maintaining resuscitation equipment. 

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