The term “cycle” has been deleted from the advanced life support guidelines (11.2 and 12.3) because it conflicted with its proper meaning in Guideline 8 where it signified, and still does, one bracket of chest compression and ventilation, that is, 30 compressions followed by 2 ventilations. Now, treatment described in algorithms of guidelines 11.2 and 12.3 is referred to not as a “cycle” of treatment but rather as a “loop” of treatment where it signifies a single sequence of events including assessment of the cardiac rhythm, determination whether the rhythm is “shockable” or not, 2 minutes of CPR, assessment of return of spontaneous circulation and reassessment of the cardiac rhythm.

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