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2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

To learn more about the Guidelines changes, please visit the American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR & ECC destination here.

The American Heart Association published the official 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC) on Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The historic event, attended by more than 20,000 people, marked the release of new, updated courses and materials for healthcare provider education and quality improvement that immediately followed the release of 2020 Guidelines.

The live, virtual event was comprised of four sessions throughout the day.

  • 2020 Guidelines Science and Education Updates
  • The New AHA Digital Resuscitation Portfolio
  • The RQI Community: RQI and HeartCode Administrator Update (closed to customers)
  • Overview of Updates for the AHA Training Network (closed to instructors)

You can view replays of the day’s livestream public sessions that took place on October 21st below.

2020 CPR Guidelines Science & Education Updates

Bringing Science to Life: Introducing the New AHA Digital Resuscitation Portfolio

If you still have questions following the release of the new 2020 AHA Guidelines, we encourage you to submit them to us through our dedicated Q&A page. Click here.

Discover the American Heart Association’s all-new digital resuscitation portfolio

​The digital portfolio includes a low-dose, high-frequency approach to mastery learning and practice that provides repetition for the consolidation of knowledge and skill into long-term memory vs a one-time massed training that we all know through research can lead to the decay of knowledge and skill.

  • We’ve integrated True AdaptiveTM learning algorithm to identify each learner’s proficiency and tailor education to their level of expertise.
  • All programs feature Contextual learning that orients a learner to their specific scope of practice, preparing them for a real-world application of education.
  • All activities include Feedback and Debriefing that is real-time, objective, and targeted to a specific learner, allowing them to alter and improve upon skills and sustain optimal performance both during and post the learning event. ​
  • All courses feature the design of continuous Assessment to consistently validate a learner’s ability to demonstrate the mastery of learning, making sure they are ready and will significantly contribute to clinical outcomes.  ​

All of these enhancements are bringing education efficiency to life within our resuscitation education programs.

Resuscitation Quality Improvement® for BLS, ACLS/ALS, PALS

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HeartCode® and HeartCode Complete for BLS, ACLS/ALS, and PALS

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Reinforce your learning, Clinical Reference Tools

Clinical Reference Tools

Features of the AHA Reference Library

  • Digital access to the 2020 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care — access to lifesaving care information on the go
  • Valuable crash cart tool in mobile friendly format — including access to the ACLS and PALS Drug Reference Guide
  • New Media Gallery for easy access to algorithms and images
  • View AHA Provider Manual eBooks without reentering the eLearning portion of the course

To save more lives, healthcare providers and first responders must be competent in delivering high-quality CPR. Our resuscitation training helps patient care teams acquire the skills and knowledge they need to be both coordinated and competent as they work together to improve outcomes for patients.


AHA Reference Library Flyer

Science In-Service elearning Course

  • Highlights of science and guidelines recommendations that are most significant or those that will result in changes to resuscitation practice and protocols. This solution will allow healthcare organizations and EMS services to rapidly update their providers and offer the best patient care. The Science In-Service is offered at no charge to RQI and HeartCode organizations participating through our RQI 1Stop digital platform.

With the full 2020 Guidelines release, the AHA will issue courses and materials redesigned to reflect the latest learning principles, that not only include new and updated science, but also incorporate guidelines from the AHA Resuscitation Education Statement released in 2018.


AHA Science In-Service Flyer

2020 Guidelines News

More information will follow in the coming weeks on transition timelines, additional 2020 Guidelines launch events, news, and timing for additional courses and products.

Thank you for your continued dedication, expertise, and passion. Our mission to save lives is not possible without your work every day.

2020 CPR and ECC Guidelines

To learn more about the Guidelines changes, please visit the American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR & ECC destination here.

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