The international medical science community examines CPR, first aid, and emergency cardiovascular care (ECC) on an ongoing basis and publishes new recommendations and guidelines about every 5 years, most recently in 2010. The results is published by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).
The American Red Cross has an independent Scientific Advisory Council, established in 1998 and made up of experts in emergency medicine, sports medical, occupational health, school health, emergency medical services (EMS) response, and disaster mobilization. The Council helps to establish the standard in first aid care. It also advises the Red Cross in areas related to the development and dissemination of audience-appropriate information and training in first aid and safety.
- AHA/ILCOR guidelines for CPR/first aid/emergency cardiovascular care
- American Red Cross Science Advisories