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Guidelines Committee

RECOVER Guidelines Committee

Specialists in Evidence Evaluation and Clinical Recommendations

The Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER) brings together distinguished experts in veterinary resuscitation science with professional contributors from other disciplines and will employ a process similar to that used to generate the AHA guidelines for CPR. These are developed through the work of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR), a working group composed of members of a number of international organizations that conducts in-depth standardized literature reviews targeted at hundreds of individual issues in emergency cardiac care. Each issue is evaluated using GRADE; a standardized evidence-evaluation method. The method is used to formulate a final consensus statement on CPR, which regional organizations (e.g., AHA) utilize to generate local guidelines.

The 2012 RECOVER guidelines is organized into five domains: (1) Preparedness and Prevention; (2) Basic Life Support; (3) Advanced Life Support; (4) Monitoring; (5) Post Cardiac Arrest Care. Each domain has a chair that is responsible for identifying and evaluating a series of specific key issues. For each key issue, a RECOVER member was assigned to complete a standardized worksheet. The Domain Chairs used the worksheets to compose a draft document for each domain, which were reviewed and approved by all members of the domain. These documents, containing detailed analyses of the scientific data was used to generate a draft of a Veterinary Clinical CPR Guidelines document published in 2012.

As RECOVER enters the next round of guidelines development, 2 ambitious changes are being made to the approach. The first is the use of the GRADE approach to guidelines development, a robust, reproducible, and systematic approach to clinical guidelines development that has been adopted by most major guidelines organizations in human medicine (ILCOR, the Cochrane Collaborative, Surviving Sepsis, CHEST, and the World Health Organization to name only a few). The second is the incorporation of new domains (Neonatal Resuscitation, First Aid, and Large Animal).

RECOVER 2019 Guidelines Committee

Prevention and Preparedness
Domain Chair: Maureen McMichael, DVM, DACVECC
Domain Co-chair: Jennifer Herring, DVM, MS, DACVECC

Basic Life Support
Domain Chair: Kate Hopper, BVSc, MVS, PhD, DACVECC
Domain Co-chair: Steven Epstein, DVM, DACVECC

Advanced Life Support
Domain Chair: Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC
Domain Co-chair: Gareth Buckley, MA, VetMB, DECVECC, DACVECC

Domain Chair: Ben Brainard, VMD, DACVAA, DACVECC
Domain Co-chair: Selena Lane, DVM, DACVECC

RECOVER 2019 Guideline Committee

Post-cardiac Arrest Care
Domain Chair: Sean Smarick, VMD, DACVECC
Domain Co-chair: Joanna Goic, DVM, DACVECC

Large Animal
Domain Chair: Gayle Hallowell, MA VetMB, PhD, Cert AVP (Veterinary Anaesthesia), DipACVECC, DipACVIM, PFHEA, FRCVS
Domain Co-chair: Mark Bowen, BVetMed MMedSci PhD CertVA CertEM(IntMed) DipACVIM-LAIM PFHEA FRCVS

Neonatal Resuscitation
Domain Chair: Christopher Byers, DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM (SAIM), CVJ
Domain Co-chair: Katie Frantz, DVM, DACVECC

First Aid
Domain Chair: Debbie Mandell, VMD, DACVECC
Domain Co-chair:

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