Pneumonia Quality Data
Pneumonia is a serious lung infection that causes difficulty breathing, fever, cough and fatigue. Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is the sixth most common cause of death in the United States. Every year, there are an estimated two to three million cases of CAP resulting in 500,000 hospitalizations and 45,000 deaths. This measure shows how often our medical center gave recommended treatments to their patients who had pneumonia during the fourth quarter of 2011.
- Percent of pneumonia patients whose initial emergency room blood culture was performed prior to the administration of the first hospital dose of antibiotics.
- Percent of pneumonia patients given the most appropriate initial antibiotic(s).