Conclusion

The universal algorithm provides a guide for the actions to take and decisions to make for all patients who appear to be in cardiac arrest. It is divided into shockable and non-shockable rhythms. All those involved in carrying out advanced life support should keep abreast of the most up-to-date guidelines, by regularly accessing the Resuscitation journal and Resuscitation Council UK and European Resuscitation Council websites (www.resus.org.uk and www.erc.edu/).

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