2006 to present
Mode of Collection
Abstraction of administrative data, claims data, or data from other records.
CARES was developed to help communities determine standard outcome measures for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), allowing for local quality improvement efforts and benchmarking capability to improve care and increase survival. The program seeks to save more lives from OHCA; strengthen collaboration between 911 centers, first responders, emergency medical services (EMS) agencies and hospitals; provide a simple, confidential process for assessing patient outcomes in compliance with HIPAA; offer technical assistance to help community leaders identify and prioritize opportunities to improve EMS performance; and generate annual national and statewide reports for benchmarking capability.
In 2020, CARES included 28 state-based registries, the District of Columbia registry, over 45 community sites in 14 additional states, as well as more than 1,800 EMS agencies and 2,200 hospitals nationwide. The registry represents a catchment area of 145 million people (45% of US population).