European Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2000 for Automated External Defibrillation. 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):207-9. doi: 10.1016/s0300-9572(00)00378-6.


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

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation* / methods
  • Electric Countershock / methods*
  • Heart Arrest / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Shock / therapy