The 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC for the
evaluation and management of acute coronary syndromes
(ACS) are intended to define the scope of training for
healthcare providers who treat patients with suspected or
definite ACS within the first hours after onset of symptoms.
These guidelines summarize key out-of-hospital, emergency
department (ED), and related initial critical-care topics that
are relevant to diagnosis and initial stabilization and are not
intended to guide treatment beyond the ED. Emergency
providers should use these contents to supplement other
recommendations from the ACC/AHA Guidelines, which are
used throughout the United States and Canada.1–3 As with any
guidelines, these general recommendations must be considered
within the context of local resources and their application
to individual patients by knowledgeable healthcare providers.
The healthcare providers managing the individual
patients are best suited to determine the most appropriate
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