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2020 CARES Data

2020 CARES Data
Posted on 06/24/2021
Aurora Fire Rescue (AFR) has sustained resuscitation rates in the field which are higher than both local and national metrics according to the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) data released earlier this year. CARES is a resource used to assist communities by measuring performance and identifying methods to improve cardiac arrest survival rates. Participating communities submit their data and can compare EMS system performance to other statistics at the local, state or national level. This approach can lead to discovering practices that could improve emergency cardiac care. 

“The statistics from CARES indicate that this is an organization with members who are passionate, focused on continuous improvement, resilient and dedicated to serve in the most challenging of situations,” said Fire Chief Fernando M. Gray, Sr.

The overall survival rates of patients that Aurora Fire Rescue cared for are higher than the national and state rates for both survival to hospital admission and survival to hospital discharge. This data shows that the department’s cardiac arrest survival rates place the city’s EMS system among the top tier of all 1,741 EMS agencies that contributed to the CARES database in 2020. 

One point included in the CARES data shows that bystander CPR rates are lower in our city compared to others across the country. This means that when responders arrive, the patient experiencing sudden cardiac arrest is not receiving CPR. Aurora Fire Rescue remains committed to enhancing bystander CPR rates through two smartphone apps called PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED, these easy-to-use tools empower everyday community members to provide lifesaving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. These applications work in many communities across the U.S. To download these system and to learn more about Aurora’s use of this technology, follow this link on your smartphone:

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