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.

Each year, approximately 300,000 persons in the United States experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) or sudden death; approximately 92% of persons who experience an OHCA die. Despite decades of research, median reported rates of survival to hospital discharge are poor (7.8%) and have remained virtually unchanged for the past 30 years. Without a uniform and reliable method of data collection, communities cannot measure the effectiveness of their response systems, nor can they assess the impact of interventions designed to improve OHCA survival. Participation in an OHCA registry enables communities to compare patient populations, interventions, and outcomes with the goal of identifying opportunities to improve quality of care and ascertain whether resuscitation is provided according to evidence based guidelines.

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 softwareto 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

CARES was developed to help communities determine standard outcome measures for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) locally allowing for quality improvement efforts and benchmarking capability to improve care and increase survival.



Get Involved

The Texas CARES Alliance listserver is a stakeholder-led environment where clinicians directly involved in cardiac care and their administration may have discussions to improve cardiac care. Texas RDC routinely utilizes email list servers to conduct committee business, and has a strict non-disclosure policy governing the use of the list server (we do not share member information with outside organizations and email traffic is restricted to committee/member business only). Complete the form to add your name to the email list and receive updates on this discussion as it happens.

Open MyCARES Website

Texas CARES Alliance


Interested in learning more about the myCARES and the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival? Feel free to follow this link to the webpage for more information and resources you might find helpful to your local initiatives.

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