The Canadian Guidelines Consensus Task Force was established in 2015 and comprises Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, Lifesaving Society, and Canadian Ski Patrol. This group will review the new science and best practice recommendations as applicable to first aid and resuscitation training.
On October 15, 2015, Heart and Stroke Foundation will release the 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC). In addition, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies – Evidence Based Network will release the International Guidelines for First Aid Providers in fall 2015. These guidelines and additional research will be used by the Task Force to build consensus on 2015 guideline changes for adoption across Canada in an effort to ensure current training protocols and standards are accessible.
The recommendations of this Task Force will be used by each agency to develop their own materials and Instructor updates. Some agencies may release bridging materials as an interim measure until the final products are available.
All first aid and resuscitation certificates obtained until the release of new materials are valid until their expiry date. The new guidelines are not a suggestion that old methods are ineffective, incorrect, or dangerous, but that the new techniques and approaches are improvements with proven benefits, shown to result in improved outcomes.
We are excited to announce the first Canadian Emergency Care Conference in Toronto, February 22–24, 2016. Be the first to discover the science behind the 2015–2016 changes, and understand how the new guidelines will affect your training practices. For more information or to register, visit ecconference.ca.