CARES can make a difference

CARES helps communities measure performance and identify how to improve cardiac arrest survival rates. By joining CARES, communities gain more than just access to information that will help them improve performance and save lives. They also contribute to one of the largest EMS registries in the world, and one of the few that also includes patient outcome information from hospitals. Those features enable CARES data to be used to conduct vital research that furthers our knowledge of cardiac arrest treatment and saves countless lives for years to come.

Benefits of joining CARES

  • Join a network of communities working together to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest
  • Compare your community to local, state, and national performance and discover ways to improve your emergency medical system's response to cardiac arrest
  • Use simple, HIPAA-compliant, web-based software to link EMS and hospital data, creating a single record for each OHCA event
  • Access multiple real-time reporting features, including charts, graphs, and tables for use in reports, presentations, and more
  • Receive training and ongoing support from CARES staff to get the most out of participation, including one-on-one consultation to review your community's annual report and comparison to national benchmarks


Walking time to nearest public automated external defibrillator for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in a major U.S. city

In Kansas City, 84.8% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurred at home. Despite 49.1% receiving bystander CPR, no AEDs were applied, even with nearby public availability. Enhancing AED access and awareness is crucial. 

To identify resuscitation practices associated with favorable neurological survival for OHCA at EMS agencies

Study finds 7 key EMS practices linked to better neurological survival in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, including frequent CPR training and use of feedback devices. Adopting these practices could boost survival rates nationwide. 

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