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EMS Honored by Pa CARES

10/30/2019
EMS Honored by Pa CARES
City of Allentown EMS is a recipient of a 2019 CARES Award for actively participating in the Pennsylvania Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES).

City of Allentown EMS was one of 145 EMS agencies in the Commonwealth recognized during “Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. The agencies are commended for their efforts to improve the quality of care for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in their communities.

Each year, more than 350,000 people in the United States experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) is a national cardiac arrest registry developed to help save lives by providing a tool for communities to measure the effectiveness of their emergency response systems and identify opportunities to improve quality of care.

“This marks the second consecutive year that we have been recognized for our CARES participation,” said Allentown EMS Chief of Operations Eric Gratz. Cardiac patients need immediate top-notch care and we are proud to be recognized for delivering it.”

One of 24 statewide registries across the U.S., Pennsylvania CARES helps EMS agencies in the Commonwealth participate in the national CARES registry.

Allentown EMS successfully participated in CARES for the 2018 calendar year and is commended for collecting data, in collaboration with and on behalf of BLS, first responder, and community partners, to measure outcomes, improve the quality of care, and save lives.

Participation in CARES allows for measurement of both bystander and 911 response, including information about bystander CPR and AED application, telephone CPR, and EMS response times. Using this information, Allentown EMS can discover promising practices and implement new programs to improve emergency care for patients in the community.

The agency’s dedication to collecting OHCA data has helped strengthen the collaboration between 911 centers, first responders, EMS agencies and hospitals, with a goal of improving OHCA survival rates.

For more information on CARES and the benefits of cardiac arrest data collection, please visit the Pennsylvania CARES program site https://smemsc.org/index.php/program-areas/138-2/ and the national CARES website https://mycares.net

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