Quality & Patient Safety

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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 two 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 October - December 2013. 

Appropriate Care Measure

pneumonia measure graph

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Blood Culture in ED

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. *

Correct Antibiotics

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."

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