Pneumonia - Clinical Data

Clinical measures have been identified by The Joint Commission as being important indicators of care quality.  A process of care measure shows how often hospitals give recommended treatments that are known to get the best results for patients.  Risk-adjusted mortality measures are a quality indicator of hospital performance.


Blood Culture in Emergency Department

A higher number is better.

What this means

This measures how well a hospital performs in screening pneumonia patients who were admitted through the Emergency Department with a blood culture before antibiotics were given. 

Why it’s important

Early screening for the pneumonia bacteria in the blood stream while the patient is still in the Emergency Department is considered an important indicator of good care of pneumonia patients.

Chart Source Data - Joint Commission #1

Non-intensive Care Patient Antibiotic Use

A higher number is better.

What this means

This measures the percentage of patients not in intensive care units with community-acquired pneumonia who were given the appropriate antibiotic within 24 hours of hospital arrival.

Why it’s important

Receiving an antibiotic within 24 hours after arrival at the hospital has been shown to be effective for treating community-acquired pneumonia.

Chart Source Data - Joint Commission #1