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.
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) affects approximately 6500 children <18 years of age in the United States annually. Annual world-wide incidence for all ages <18 years is 7.2?8.7/100,000 children. Survival to hospital discharge ranges from 6.5% for infants <1 year up to 21.2% for adolescents 13
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) have been used successfully in many populations to improve survival for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. While ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia are more prevalent in adults, these arrhythmias do occur in infants. The Scientific Ad
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