Contents

Foreword vi Preface viii Acknowledgements x Contributors xi How to Use the Book xii

Section 1 Introduction and Professional Issues

1 Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues 2

Section 2 Prevention and Preparation

2 Recognising the Sick Patient and Preventing Cardiac Arrest 16

3 Resuscitation Equipment 43

4 Chain of Survival 60

Section 3 Basic Life Support

5 Basic Life Support Algorithm 72

Section 4 Advanced Life Support

6 The Universal Advanced Life Support Algorithm 94

Section 5 Further Considerations of Resuscitation

7 Management of the Airway and Breathing 104

8 Monitoring and Assessing Cardiac Rhythms 127

9 Defibrillation Theory and Practice 151

10 Drugs and Delivery 177

11 Management of Potentially Reversible Causes of Cardiac Arrest 198

12 Post-Resuscitation Care 215

13 Special Circumstances 231

14 Resuscitation of the Seriously Injured Casualty 253

15 Out-of-Hospital Resuscitation 272

Index 283

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