(Benchmark data updated March, 2015)
Pneumonia Patients Given the Most Appropriate Initial Antibiotic(s).
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.