2023 AHA Focused Update on Adult Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support: An Update to the AHA Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

Published: December 18, 2023

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  • Periodic evaluations of the primary literature are necessary for ensuring the most accurate and timely recommendations are presented to the clinical community to advance the care provided to patients and strive for the best patient-centered outcomes.
  • This focused update highlights areas in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support where novel literature was published since the last formal Guidelines publication in 2020. The expert writing group evaluated the novel literature and presents here a focused update on relevant areas in ACLS where there are changes in recommended treatment.
  • Of 14 major randomized trials published between 2016-2022 addressing temperature management and coronary angiography in cardiac arrest, sex or gender was reported in all studies however, the terms were used interchangeably while only 2 studies included data on race/ethnicity. Researchers are charged to develop and implement methods to promote recruitment and representation of participants from diverse backgrounds into trials in this arena.