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Dispatcher Assisted CPR Case

Below is a link to short video which demonstrates how dispatcher assisted CPR positively impacted the life of someone who is having an out of hospital cardiac arrest.

CARES participants can request access to a Dispatcher Assisted CPR module within CARES. For more details please visit the CARES webpage at .

The dispatcher assisted CPR case can be accessed here: Assisted CPR case Edwin Huang NSLD.mp4?dl=0

More information regarding the Dispatcher Assisted CPR module within CARES can be accessed here:

IOM Report recommends national registry for OHCA

A new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends the establishment of a national registry to track out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA), while boosting involvement in teaching bystander CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to communities. The report highlights that "A national responsibility exists to improve the likelihood of survival and favorable neurologic outcomes following a cardiac arrest. This will require immediate changes in cardiac arrest reporting, research, training, and treatment."

The CARES Program is an OHCA registry that has the potential to serve as the recognized registry for the US. CARES, established through a collaborative effort between Emory and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), began in 2004 and has since expanded both nationally and internationally. Currently more than 800 EMS agencies and over 1,300 hospitals in 36 states representing a population footprint of 80 million people participate in the program

"CARES has been able to track improvements in survival and bystander interventions amongst participating communities over time. Our ultimate goal of the program is to serve as a standard platform for quality assurance efforts and improve survival from OHCA," says Bryan McNally, MD, MPH, Executive Director of CARES and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine.

McNally goes on to say, "We are excited to see that the IOM has recognized the importance of having a national registry for OHCA. We believe CARES is well positioned to be the registry for the US as we currently cover approximately 25% of the US population and have approximately 200,000 cardiac arrest events in the registry."

The full IOM report can be accessed via the following link:

The CARES commissioned paper on the public health burden of cardiac arrest can be accessed via the following link:

A recording of the report release webcast will be available within the week at

Currently, CARES is funded by the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Medtronic Foundation and ZOLL Corporation. These partners have supported the concept of CARES as a national registry and emphasized the importance of promoting bystander interventions such as CPR and AED use.

According to McNally, registry data suggests survival rates from OHCA are trending in the right direction. With numerous states participating in CARES, and now the IOM supporting a national registry, we hope this message continues to reach more communities to promote participation in the registry and benefit even more cardiac arrest patients.

2014 CARES Annual Report

CARES is excited to share the 2014 CARES Annual Report. A complete list of 2014 Non-Traumatic and Presumed Cardiac National Reports may be accessed at: The CARES Reports User Guide and EMS/Hospital Reports Webinars are also available at: for educational purposes. Please contact us with any questions. We appreciate your continued participation in CARES!

SHARE and the HeartRescue Project - 3rd Annual Arizona Resuscitation Academy

SHARE and the HeartRescue Project will host the 3rd Annual Arizona Resuscitation Academy on February 13, 2015 from 9am-4pm. All hospital, ambulance and fire emergency medical professionals, 911 call takers, dispatchers, and community CPR advocates are welcome. Participants may choose from two tracks: community/dispatch or EMS. To register and for more information, please visit or call (602) 364-0580.

Targeted Temperature Management (TTM) Module Webinar

CARES will host a webinar to review the new Targeted Temperature Management (TTM) Module on September 18th at 1pm EDT. We'll be giving a demo of the new software functionality, as well as answering questions about the data entry process.

Please register using the following link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.



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