CARES Recognition Program
 

Program Goal
 

This is a voluntary program that recognizes CARES participants at the EMS, hospital, and dispatch levels who reliably collect OHCA data, and utilize the data for local quality improvement efforts.

 

Rollout
 

State Coordinators select award recipients on an annual basis, after the National Report is released in April.

 

EMS Agency Awards

Basic (“CARES Participation Award”) must meet the below criteria:

  • Minimum of a complete, calendar year of data

  • Compliant with data entry schedule and audit process

Advanced (“CARES Excellence Award”) must meet the criteria below:

  • Minimum of a complete, calendar year of data

  • Compliant with data entry schedule and audit process

  • Shares annual reports with EMS and hospital providers in the community

  • And at least two of the following:

    • Formalized debriefing/call review process involving clinical feedback to providers

    • Dedicated DA-CPR training, protocol & formal 911 tape review feedback program

    • High performance CPR training program with provider feedback

    • Community based CPR awareness and training effort

    • Formalized community based program to ensure EMS transported patients receive consistent access to TTM and emergent reperfusion treatment when indicated

    • Formalized PAD program including tracking of PAD locations and events as well as strategic placement

    • A “SAVE AWARD” program highlighting provider efforts

    • A local effort to “strengthen the chain of survival” in the community

    • Collects supplemental data fields including response times

    • Other – Opportunity for EMS to explain any other quality improvement interventions they have implemented

“CARES Hallmark Award” may be presented when an EMS Agency meets a hallmark participation milestone, such as 5 or 10 years.

 

Hospital Awards
 

Basic (“CARES Participation Award”) must meet the criteria below:

  • Provides essential outcomes annually

  • Compliant with data entry schedule and audit process
     

Advanced (“CARES Excellence Award”) must meet the criteria below:

  • Provides essential outcomes AND supplemental data fields annually

  • Compliant with data entry schedule and audit process

  • Measures TTM to determine patients that meet criteria are treated regularly

  • Measures Cath data to determine patients that require emergent reperfusion criteria are treated

 

Dispatch/Communication Center Awards


“CARES Excellence Award” must meet the criteria below:

  • Dedicated DA-CPR training, protocol & formal 911 tape review feedback program (Utilizes DA-CPR module in CARES)

  • Shares OHCA response times and DA-CPR feedback with EMS agencies that participate in CARES

 

“Champion” Award (Can be awarded to an individual/data entry personnel)


“CARES Excellence Award” must meet the criteria below:

  • Consistently responsive, proactive, and timely with communications and inquiries

  • CARES data is clean/complete without having to prompt POC to enter or audit records

  • Provides feedback on how CARES is being utilized to improve patient care

SaveMiHeart

Teri A. Shields, RN BSN

Executive Director
State of Michigan CARES Program Coordinator

Phone: 734.232.5205
Email: shieldt@umich.edu

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