Guidelines & Position Statements

The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) is the co-author of the 2015 Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) in North America and the Canadian leader in resuscitation science, education and training.

HSF is a founding member of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), which in a rigorous five-year cycle, reviews evidence and science relating to resuscitation, culminating in a set of recommendations relating to training and practice.

Our job, as the only Canadian member of ILCOR, is to bring together and support Canadian subject matter experts who join experts from around the globe in this review process. We then examine the ILCOR recommendations and (taking into account the unique Canadian health system and regulatory environment) collaborate on and co-author Resuscitation and First aid guidelines for North America. These guidelines are then adopted by agencies and form the basis of educational programs and clinical practice. The Guidelines are updated every 5 years, when evidence is clear that changes will improve survival rates. The Heart and Stroke Foundation will release the new guidelines in October 2015, followed by a range of instructional resources created specifically for the Canadian setting and that support HSF courses.

Join us on our National Webcast October 15, 2015 to learn more.
(The live link will be posted October 9).

  •     English webcast will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. EDT October 15
  •     French webcast will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. EDT October 15

How You Can Help

  •     Institutions: reach out to your organization leaders to ensure plans are made that address the implementation of the Guidelines into your organization.
  •     Clinical Leads and Medical Directors: we recommend that you run Guideline update courses for your instructors and educators.
  •     Clinicians and Allied Health Professionals: seek out a Heart and Stroke Foundation training course with a registered instructor to learn the new science and upgrade your skills.
  •     Download the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s 2015 Guidelines Dissemination Package after the release in October, as it will contain summary sheets of the key changes.


Upcoming Dates

  •     Highlights of the 2015 Guidelines for CPR/ECC (Available October, 2015)
  •     The 2015 Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (Available October, 2015)
  •     National Webcast on the Guidelines October 15, 2015
  •     Canadian Cardiovascular Congress October 24-27, 2015
  •     Scientific Sessions November 7-11, 2015
  •     ECCU Conference December 8-11, 2015
  •     Canadian Emergency Care Conference February 22-24, 2016