Ohio CARES is a non-profit organization in Ohio whose primary goal is to improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival by providing communities, EMS providers, and health care systems with vital data and resources.

Ohio CARES utilizes the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) national database to measure and report important cardiac arrest statistics, current treatment modalities, and survival outcome comparisons. We collaborate with communities and health care providers to implement evidence-based solutions that will measurably improve survival from cardiac arrest.

By joining CARES, members 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/Health Care system 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.



By collecting data from various sources, communities can compare themselves to local, state and national performance and discover ways to improve their emergency medical system responses to out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. Tracking performance allows communities to better understand which elements of their systems are working well and which elements need improvement.


CARES offers technical assistance to help community leaders, EMS system managers, fire chiefs and hospital system administrators how to identify and prioritize opportunities to improve EMS performance.


The ultimate goal is to increase out-of- hospital cardiac arrest survivability through improved care and prevention measures.


  • Join a network of communities working together to increase survival from out-of-hospital 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 out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

  • 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


Activation of 911

Early activation of the 911 system and Emergency Medical Dispatcher pre-arrival instructions increase the chances of surviving the cardiac event

Rapid Medical Response

Immediate bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and rapid EMS response times are critical when a heartbeat stops

EMS Protocols

Comprehensive and progressive prehospital protocols and transport guidelines increases the survival rates of cardiac patients

Hospital Resources

Critical care interventions and support from all hospital system disciplines is an integral part of survivability