A new report presents 10 quality and performance measures that are intended to help stakeholders–including health systems, legislative bodies, and nongovernmental organizations, as well as healthcare practitioners, patients, families and communities–in the effort to prevent sudden cardiac death (SCD). The joint report was published Dec. 19 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. In the U.S., approximately 356,500 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year. Many of the sudden deaths occurring in the U.S. may be prevented by implementing evidence-based and guideline-endorsed recommendations for primary or secondary prevention of SCD. The performance measure set is intended to assist clinicians and help them provide better care for their patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest and thereby to improve care and outcomes.  — 10 Measures To Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death (pdf)