The AHA 2020 “Top 10 Changes” Project: CPR & ECC Guidelines Infographic Series

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Cardiac Arrest: What Is It All About?

Cardiac arrest is one of the most polarizing things we face in Emergency Medicine. The reality of its morbidity and mortality really juxtaposes the moment of joy where you ~finally~ get that pulse back! Thanks to the efforts of organizations like the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC), ongoing research into resuscitation and the ACLS algorithm continue to improve outcomes. That means more stories like the ones above, and the hope that comes with them.

The 2020 AHA Guidelines Update: The “Top 10 Things to Know” Project

The AHA Update for 2020 is now available! Again this year, the AHA, HSFC, and CanadiEM have partnered up to produce an expanded six part infographic series highlighting major changes to the guidelines. The full guidelines are available online, as well as the scientific evidence that drives them, published in a special supplement of Circulation.

As part of each annual guideline publication, the AHA highlights the “Top 10 Things to Know” at the beginning of each article, presenting the information most scientifically and clinically relevant to the reader. The accompanying infographic series, produced in collaboration with the CanadiEM Team, are based on these highlights!

Click on the links below to read the blog posts, download the PNG or PDF version of each 2020 infographic, and to get up to date on how you might help contribute to the growing rates of success in cardiac arrest:

Blog PostPNG LinkPDF Link
Systems of CarePNGPDF
Education SciencePNGPDF

This post was copyedited by Samuel Wilson and edited by Daniel Ting.

Samuel Wilson

Sam is a third-year Emergency Medicine FRCPC resident at The Ottawa Hospital. He is the CanadiEM/CJEM Infographic editor, interested in PoCUS, trauma, knowledge dissemination, and all things chess.

Daniel Ting

Daniel Ting is an Emergency Physician and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, based in Vancouver. He is the Editor-in-Chief of CanadiEM and a Decision Editor at the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. He completed the CanadiEM Digital Scholarship Fellowship in 2017-18. No conflicts of interest (COI).