The 2018 ACLS guidelines have been in effect since October 2015. This is when the American Heart Association released the most recent guidelines for BLS and ACLS. These guidelines will be good through 2020. There were some minor changes to both the BLS and ACLS Guidelines. The links below review changes that occurred with the release of the 2015 ACLS & BLS Guidelines. The article content was developed from information released by the American Heart Association in their Executive Summary: 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care and cited references from the executive summary. Use the links below to access the articles.
This 6 minute video covers all the 2015 guideline changes listed below.
2018 ACLS Guideline Changes Review
There are several guideline changes that will affect the provider’s interventions with CPR. The link provided above will provide you with a review of these changes which include changes in chest compression depth, rate, and quality. There are minor changes directed toward health care providers and their use of BLS and finally new recommendations for ventilation for the patient with an advanced airway in place.
This page reviews changes made to the cardiac arrest algorithm that involve emergency medications including vasopressin and epinephrine.
There were some changes related to multiple aspects of the post-cardiac arrest phase. These changes include minor revisions in the administration of therapeutic hypothermia, hemodynamic goals, and post-arrest medication use. Post-Cardiac Arrest Management Changes.
Several other important changes were made to the AHA BLS and ACLS Guidelines. This changes include revision of the chain of survival, and end tidal CO2 as a resuscitation success predictor. Other Important Changes.
All new 2015 AHA BLS and ACLS changes have been incorporated into the Practice Tests, Megacode Scenarios, and ACLS Review Videos found on the pages of this website.
Do you know the difference between the 2017 and the 2018 AHA ACLS Guidelines?