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2020 American Heart Association Guidelines


Monday, September 1, 2020


Dear Global AHA Training Network,

This week, as we prepare you for the release of the 2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC on October 21, 2020, we are pleased to share information about the 2020 AHA Guidelines Instructor Update eLearning Courses.

As part of our aggressive efforts to bring science to life, 2020 AHA Guidelines Instructor Update eLearning Courses, complimentary for all AHA Instructors, will be available through your Instructor access to the AHA Instructor Network on October 21, 2020 – the same day the 2020 Guidelines are released!

These eLearning courses will provide AHA Instructors necessary updates on new science and key changes that will be published in the 2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. These courses also deliver Interim Training Materials and guidance on how to use these materials to incorporate 2020 science and education updates into current courses until Instructors begin teaching new courses using new materials.

Instructor Update Requirements for Instructors and AHA Faculty
All AHA Instructors and Faculty must complete their required Instructor Update(s) by February 1, 2020, to continue teaching or overseeing AHA courses. An Instructor Update must be completed for each discipline taught. For example, AHA BLS Instructors must complete the 2020 AHA Guidelines BLS Instructor Update, and it is also recommended they complete the 2020 AHA Guidelines Heartsaver® Instructor Update. Courses will be available in the following disciplines: BLS, ACLS (for ACLS and ACLS EP Instructors), PALS, PEARS, and Heartsaver.

Training Center Coordinators also have access to these courses, as they are a first line of support for their Instructors. However, TCCs who are not Instructors are not required to complete Instructor Updates.

Transition Timeline: Teaching 2020 AHA Guidelines Courses Using New Materials
All AHA Instructors and Training Centers will have until February 1, 2021, to begin teaching the new, 2020 Guidelines healthcare courses (BLS, ACLS, PALS) using new materials launching in October. To introduce AHA Instructors to the new courses and materials, the AHA will offer complimentary, online Product & Course Orientations for BLS, ACLS, and PALS. These orientations will also be available to Instructors and TCCs through their access to the AHA Instructor Network.

We are committed to continuing to provide our valued AHA Training Network crucial information that will help you continue to deliver and enhance lifesaving training as we get closer to the 2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC release in October. Please continue to visit the Science & Guidelines page on the AHA Instructor Network for the latest 2020 AHA Guidelines news and resources for the AHA Training Network.

As always, we thank you for your commitment to our shared mission of saving lives.

American Heart Association CPR & Emergency Cardiovascular Care



Monday, July 13, 2020

The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that the official 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR & Emergency Cardiovascular Care (2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC) will be published online in the AHA’s flagship journal, Circulation, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

We are keenly aware of the challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As you serve on the frontlines of saving lives, and in this unprecedented time of physical distancing, the way you deliver CPR and ECC training is evolving. As we work toward the October publication, we are closely evaluating the implications of the new Guidelines on the way we deliver information and training to improve cardiac arrest survival and outcomes – and the impact it has on you and the customers you train.

As the global source of the official resuscitation science and education guidelines used by training organizations, the AHA is moving forward with releasing 2020 Guidelines to ensure our Training Network and providers are up-to-date on the very latest resuscitation science and education available. We believe it is critical for the Training Network and providers to remain informed about resuscitation science and education updates because we know that high-quality CPR is the primary component in influencing survival from cardiac arrest. To save more lives, healthcare providers, first responders, and lay rescuers must be competent in delivering high-quality CPR. Additionally, 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.

We’re pleased to announce the following materials will be available in English on October 21, with the launch of 2020 Guidelines:

All-new AHA Guidelines Website
2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC Digital Reprint
Highlights of the 2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC (in 17 languages)
2020 AHA Guidelines Science In-Service eLearning Course Much more information will follow in the coming weeks

In the meantime, thank you for your continued dedication, expertise, and passion. Our mission to save lives through CPR and ECC training is not possible without your work every day.

American Heart Association CPR & Emergency Cardiovascular Care

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