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


Did you know that whether you receive bystander CPR can vary depending on where you live?

Discover the fascinating insights shared by Dr. Amy Kule, a member of the Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, as she delves into the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES).  

Years of Potential Life Lost and Mean Age of Adults Experiencing Nontraumatic, Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests

Chicago's nontraumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrests show concerning trends: mean age decreased while years of potential life lost increased from 2014 to 2021. Urgent action is needed to address disparities and understand underlying causes.  

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