Pneumonia Measures

Pneumonia Patients Whose Initial Emergency Room Blood Culture Was Performed Prior to the Administration of the First Hospital Dose of Antibiotics.

(Benchmark data collected from 4/1/2012 to 3/31/2013)

Mary Greeley
99%

Iowa Hospitals
98%

U.S. Hospitals
98%

What It Is and Why It Is Important

  • Different types of bacteria can cause pneumonia.
  • A blood culture is a test that can help your health care provider identify which bacteria may have caused your pneumonia, and which antibiotic should be prescribed. A blood culture is not always needed, but for patients who are first seen in the hospital emergency department, it is important for the accuracy of the test that blood culture be conducted before any antibiotics are started. It is also important to start antibiotics as soon as possible.

Higher percentages are better.


Pneumonia Patients Given the Most Appropriate Initial Antibiotic(s).

(Benchmark data collected from 4/1/2012 to 3/31/2013)

Mary Greeley
100%

Iowa Hospitals
93%

U.S. Hospitals
95%

What It Is and Why It Is Important

  • Pneumonia is a lung infection that is usually caused by bacteria or a virus. If pneumonia is caused by bacteria, hospitals will treat the infection with antibiotics. Different bacteria are treated with different antibiotics.
  • To learn about how hospitals use a blood test to choose the most effective treatment for pneumonia patients, refer to the measure named Pneumonia Patients Whose Initial Emergency Room Blood Culture Was Performed Prior To The Administration Of The First Hospital Dose Of Antibiotics.

Higher percentages are better.

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