Process for Evidence Evaluation

Updated:Sep 8,2014

The worksheets posted at this site represent the first step of an international consensus evidence evaluation process that culminated in the publication of the 2010 International Consensus on CPR and ECC Science with Treatment Recommendations.  In addition, resuscitation council-specific guidelines were published based on this international science consensus.  Worksheet authors and expert reviewers worked very hard to present the information objectively.    
 
The information contained in these worksheets were presented to ILCOR Task Forces and in early 2010, the International CPR Consensus Conference was convened to allow final presentation and discussion of these worksheets, leading to evaluation and consensus by respective ILCOR Task Forces.  
 
ILCOR and the AHA recognize that the integrity of the evidence evaluation process depends on successfully managing real and perceived conflict of interest.  Both organizations have policies in place to manage conflict of interest.

ILCOR is now conducting systematic reviews and updates of scientific evidence supporting ECC treatment recommendations.  More than 250 CPR and ECC scientific topics undergo evidence-based review.  This process represents the most comprehensive, systematic review of the resuscitation literature to date.

The publication of the 2010 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Science with Treatment Recommendations (CoSTR) represents the scientific consensus of experts from a variety of countries, cultures and disciplines.  Internationally recognized experts were brought together by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) to evaluate and form an expert consensus on all peer reviewed scientific studies related to CPR and ECC.

The 2010 evidence evaluation and science review process culminated with the International Consensus on CPR & ECC Science with Treatment Recommendations Conference (C2010) in early 2010, in Dallas, Texas.

A separate publication covering guideline recommendations is published by each resuscitation council.  The AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC was published as a supplement to Circulation in October 2010.