Treating Pneumonia

Definition of Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that causes difficulty in breathing, fever, coughing and fatigue. Pneumonia may lead to serious health consequences including death if left untreated.

Core Measures for Pneumonia

Core Measures indicate how many patients at Southeast Georgia Health System receive treatments commonly regarded as effective in treating pneumonia. We compare our scores to other facilities at the national and state level.

Pneumonia Indicators Camden average Brunswick average
Georgia average* (10/13-09/14) US
average* (10/13-09/14)
Number of records reviewed for these indicators during time period --- --- NA NA
Blood culture performed prior to antibiotic given for ICU patient (measure retired Dec 2014) --- --- 97.0% 98.0%
Appropriate Antibiotic Selection (measure retired Dec 2014) --- --- 95.0% 96.0%

* Georgia and US average percentages are delayed 6-7 months

Blood Culture Performed Prior to Antibiotic Given-This score shows the percentage of pneumonia patients who were admitted into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) had a blood sample studied before receiving any medication. By analyzing the blood, doctors can see what type of pneumonia is present and which type of antibiotic will treat it.

Appropriate Antibiotic Selection-This shows the percentage of patients who received appropriate antibiotics for pneumonia. Specific antibiotics are used to treat or prevent particular types of pneumonia. Physicians will determine which antibiotics are most appropriate for each patient