b'Figure 1. Distribution of state-level rates of AED application by bystanders for OHCA, stratified by whether a state had legislation mandating AEDs at athletic facilities.Citations\x1f 1. Marijon E, Uy-Evanado A, Reinier K, Teodorescu C, Narayanan K, Jouven X, Gunson K, Jui J, Chugh SS. Sudden cardiac arrest during sportsactivity in middle age. Circulation. 2015;131(16):1384-1391.\x1f 2. Gilchrist S, Schieb L, Mukhtar Q, Valderrama A, Zhang G, Yoon P, Schooley M. A summary of public access defibrillation laws, United States,2010. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012;9:E71.\x1f 3. Avive Solutions. AED laws by state: what you need to know. Avive Solutions. https://avive.life/aed-laws/.\x1f 4. National Conference of State Legislatures. Laws on cardiac arrest and defibrillators (AEDs). National Conference of State Legislatures.www.ncsl.org/research/health/laws-on-cardiac-arrest-and-defibrillators-aeds.\x1f 5. Connecticut General Assembly. Report on automated external defibrillators. www.cga.ct.gov/2020/rpt/pdf/2020-R-0351.pdf. PublishedDecember 10, 2020.\x1f 6. Kolkailah AA, Chan PS, Li Q, Uzendu A, Khan MS, Girotra S. Automated External Defibrillator Use After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest atRecreational Facilities. JAMA Intern Med. 184(2):218-220.Benefits of Community ParticipationIn the simplest terms, CARES provides communities with an infrastructure to streamline the data collection process for OHCA. In doing so, CARES participants have the ability to benchmark their performance to identify opportunities for quality improvement and thus increase cardiac arrest survival in their community. Prior to CARES participation, very few sites had the resources to commit to collecting OHCA data and as such, most sites did not know what the survival rates were in their area or how to begin improving OHCA prevention and treatment. With CARES, communities not only have a robust data collection process and reporting system but access to a community of CARES participants where best practices and lessons learned are sharedPenn Township Ambulance (PA) paramedics engage local amongst the most knowledgeable and progressive EMS leadersyouth, showcasing their life-saving equipment and fostering in the country. community connections.26 27'