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


AEDs often not used in cardiac arrest, even where they're mandated

Study finds underutilization of AEDs during cardiac arrest, even where mandated. Despite laws requiring AED availability, bystander usage remains low, highlighting the need for improved awareness and training. Collaboration between medical and recreational facilities crucial. 

Drug overdose cardiac arrests involve younger, healthier people than other cardiac arrests

People with drug-related cardiac arrests in the U.S. were more likely to be younger and have fewer coexisting health conditions compared to non-drug-related cardiac arrests, finds new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association 

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