Treating pneumonia patients
We look at several factors to come up with a performance score in how we treat pneumonia patients.
* Latest national data available (through 2011). National data is presented yearly
How we determine our score: We track the percentage of our patients who receive care according to these national standards and combine those percentages for an overall average or performance score. The standards are:
- The number of pneumonia patients who received their first dose of antibiotics within six hours of arriving at the hospital.
- The number of pneumonia patients who were given the most appropriate initial antibiotic therapy.
- Blood-oxygen levels: The number of pneumonia patients who had their blood-oxygen levels checked on arrival. This test shows how effectively their lungs absorb oxygen.
- Blood work: The number of pneumonia patients who had their blood culture collected before receiving the first dose of antibiotic.
- Smoking cessation: The number of pneumonia patients who were given advice during their hospital stay about how to stop smoking.
- Vaccinations: The number of pneumonia patients over the age of 65 who needed a vaccine against pneumonia or influenza and were vaccinated.