Cardiac First Response (CFR) Report

Data Collection Type
National data collections of health and social care in Ireland

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council

Year established


Statement of purpose

To collect data on the patient population who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in order to collect information on pre-hospital treatments, summarise outcomes and survival rates.  


National coverage. All incidents where a community first responder who has completed a recognised CFR course is in attendance. 


The CFR report is a two-part patient record which is completed for every patient contact by a trained community first responder who attends an incident. The data is collected in line with the international Utstein-Style template which ultimately summarises outcomes and survival rates. 

Data content

The CFR Report collects patient demographic data, detailed cardiac event related data such as: collapse, chest compressions, defibrillator, shock and return of spontaneous rhythm data. In addition, medical interventions, medications administered and handover data.

Data providers

Community first responders who have completed a recognised CFR course and are members of schemes linked to the National Ambulance Service. 

Data collection methodology

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest data is collected on the CFR Report each time a trained responder attends an incident. In addition, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest data is collected from the following sources: Patient Care Report (PCR) Ambulance Service National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) Systems, destination hospital/emergency department (ED), general practitioner (GP) systems. It is collated, verified and entered in to the national Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Register (OHCAR).

Data dictionary

Not available.
Information Standard details CFR data set.

Clinical coding scheme

Not in use

Size of national collection

Information not available to PHECC as patient records processed and controlled by the licensed Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) provider who operates an ambulance service.

Publication frequency

Currently no annual report published for CFR report data collected.
The Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Register (OHCAR) publishes an annual report based on data collected on Patient Care Report (PCR), which includes the CFR report data elements and other sources such as: National Emergency Operations Centre Systems, destination hospital/ Emergency Department, GP systems. 

Accessing data

Access to data through the individual licensed CPG provider who utilises the CFR report i.e. national ambulance service.
A CFR report copy is included in handover at the Emergency Department/destination facility and stored with the hospital record/chart. The second copy is returned to the licensed CPG provider organisation for storage.

Open data portal access


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Other comments

All PHECC information standards and related patient report forms are reviewed at least every three years to facilitate capture of care delivered in the pre-hospital environment by practitioners and compliance with national data collection standards.