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Updated Quality Data - Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs caused by bacteria.  Every year there are approximately 3 million cases of pneumonia in the USA, and over 500,000 of these cases are admitted to hospitals.  Every year 5% will die, causing pneumonia to be the 6th leading cause of death in the USA.

The goal of treating pneumonia is to ensure patients with the diagnosis are receiving the most appropriate antibiotics, at the earliest possible stage.  Another goal is prevention; by making sure individuals over 65years of age receive the pneumonia vaccine.

About the data below:
Below you will find graphs reporting on NMC's performance in the Core Measures relating to Pneumonia. Above each graph (or sections of graphs), you'll also find helpful definitions and information that can help you understand the data presented. In the upper right-hand corner of each, you will notice a colored block-- this is our "stop-light" system for a quick glance at how we are doing: Green = Meeting Identified Goal of 100% Compliance for Most Current Month; Red = Not Meeting Identified Goal of 100% for Most Current Month; No Color Indicates No Data for the Current Month (it is not unusual for a small hospital to have "no data" on a particular indicator due to the small number of cases seen at the facility).


Pneumonia Appropriate Care Measures:
Data current through October 2013

 

BLOOD CULTURES PERFORMED IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

•   * a higher score is better

What this means: This is the  measure  that shows those patients whose initial emergency room blood culture specimen was collected prior to first hospital dose of antibiotics.

Why this is important:  Pretreatment cultures are recommended because cultures collected before antibiotics are administered yield a greater amount of clinically useful information.

 

 

 

ANTIBIOTIC SELECTION FOR PATIENTS IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

  • * a higher score is better

What this means:
This is the measure that shows the percentage of community acquired pneumonia patients admitted to the intensive care unit who were given appropriate antibiotics within 24 hours of their hospital admission.
Why this is important:
Patients who receive appropriate antibiotics within 24 hours of their hospital admission has been shown to be very effective in treating community acquired pneumonia.

 

ANTIBIOTIC SELECTION FOR NON INTENSIVE CARE UNIT PATIENTS

  • * a higher score is better

What this means:
This is the measure that shows the percentage of community acquired pneumonia patients admitted to the hospital who were given appropriate antibiotics within 24 hours of their admission.
Why this is important:
Patients who receive appropriate antibiotics within 24 hours of their hospital admission has been shown to be very effective in treating community acquired pneumonia.