European Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2000 for Adult Basic Life Support. A statement from the Basic Life Support and Automated External Defibrillation Working Group(1) and approved by the Executive Committee of the European Resuscitation Council

Resuscitation. 2001 Mar;48(3):199-205. doi: 10.1016/s0300-9572(00)00377-4.


The European Resuscitation Council (ERC) last issued guidelines for Basic Life Support (BLS) in 1998 [1]. These were based on the "Advisory Statements" of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) published in 1997 [2]. Following this, the American Heart Association, together with representatives from ILCOR, undertook a series of evidence-based evaluations of the science of resuscitation [3] which culminated in the publication of "Guidelines 2000 for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care" in August 2000 [4,5]. The Basic Life Support and Automated External Defibrillation Working Group (BLS&AED Group) has considered this document and has recommended changes in the ERC BLS guidelines. These are presented in this paper.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Airway Obstruction / diagnosis
  • Airway Obstruction / therapy*
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / methods*
  • Heart Arrest / diagnosis
  • Heart Arrest / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Ventilation / physiology
  • Pulse