MN Cares

MN Cares

The Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) was initiated in October 2004 as a cooperative agreement between the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine to identify incidents of prehospital cardiac arrest. The CARES Program is designed to consolidate all essential data elements of a prehospital cardiac arrest event in an efficient manner. With this standardized collection system, participants can track ongoing system performance in several, tailored reports. If you have any questions about this program, please send an email to

The CARES System:

  • Uses a secure Web database with restricted access
  • The mainframe is housed in Duluth, MN USA
  • Has software that collects/links data sources creating a single de-identified record for each event
  • Uses a simple, HIPAA-compliant methodology to protect confidentiality
  • Accepts a variety of input methods
  • Collects 9-1-1 computer-aided dispatch data for EMS response times
  • Allows longitudinal, internal benchmarking of key performance indicators
  • Provides multiple reporting features, including charts, graphs

MN CARES Objectives:

MN CARES captures specific epidemiological characteristics for cardiac arrest survival outcomes and therapies.

  • Centralize the data collection and processing at the MN Resuscitation Consortium
  • Provide more effective and timely access to data
  • Provide personalized training and help along the way

MN CARES Highlights:

  • We began with 5 agencies, 5 hospitals, and 1 county in May 2011
  • Now: 27 agencies, 55 hospitals
  • 2010 case volume: 561
  • 2016 case volume: 2,228


2016 Measure & Improve