Pneumonia Performance Measures
Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, or chemical irritants. It is a serious infection or inflammation in which the air sacs fill with pus and other liquid.
The following graph shows how MUSC performed on 6 key measures related to care for patients being treated for pneumonia. Each measure represents what percentage of the time patients received the recommended care, so a higher score represents better performance. The numbers reported are from July - September 2012.
Appropriate Care Measure
Pneumococcal screening and/or vaccination-Pneumonia patients age 65 and older who were screened for pneumococcal vaccine status and were administered the vaccine prior to discharge, if indicated. *
Pneumonia patients age 50 years and older, hospitalized during October, November, December, January, or February who were screened for influenza vaccine status and were vaccinated prior to discharge, if indicated. This graph is the result of January, February and March 2007. *
Initial antibiotic received within 6 hours of hospital arrival. Pneumonia patients who receive their first dose of antibiotics within 8 hours after arrival at the hospital; Pneumonia patients who receive their first dose of antibiotics within 4 hours after arrival at the hospital. *
Blood Cultures Performed in the Emergency Department Prior to Initial Antibiotic Received in Hospital - Pneumonia patients whose initial emergency room blood culture specimen was collected prior to first hospital dose of antibiotics. *
Adult smoking cessation advice/counseling-Pneumonia patients with a history of smoking cigarettes who are given smoking cessation advice or counseling during hospital stay. *
Immunocompetent patients with Community-Acquired Pneumonia who receive an initial antibiotic regimen during the first 24 hours that is consistent with current guidelines. *
*Source: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Joint Commission "Specifications Manual for National Hospital Quality Measures."