The Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival, or CARES, is a national comprehensive data collection system that can help measure the effectiveness of responses to cardiac events. SCHA serves as the sponsoring agent of CARES in South Carolina, making enrollment free for every agency or hospital who wants to contribute and have access to this data.
Launched in Atlanta in 2005 by Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),the registry is designed to track a single cardiac arrest case from first response all the way through hospital treatment in the hopes of providing a reliable assessment of any improvement strategies. And because it’s a national registry, it also provides a valuable series of benchmarks to illustrate how a given EMS or health system is doing compared to others across the country.
The system is also quite easy to use—CARES is a secure, HIPAA-compliant web database that requires just a single administrator in a given organization to answer a handful of questions about each case.
CARES has already spread to 23 states, with more than 800 EMS agencies and more than 1,300 hospitals participating, many of whom have seen tremendous results from the system. South Carolina currently has X participants, covering X percent of the state, with more joining in 2020.
For more information on CARES, to their website at mycares.net. If you’re a South Carolina healthcare or EMS professional interested in implementing CARES in your system, contact Beth Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.