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 (01/13-08/13)||
|Georgia average* (04/12-03/13)||
|Number of records reviewed for these indicators during time period||26||62||NA||NA|
|Blood culture performed prior to antibiotic given||96.2%||100%||97.0%||98.0%|
|Appropriate Antibiotic Selection||81.8%||98.0%||95.0%||95.0%|
* Georgia and US average percentages are delayed 6-7 months
Pneumococcal Vaccination-This is the percentage of pneumonia patients who received a pneumonia vaccine if appropriate before discharge. The vaccine may prevent bacterial pneumonia or make the disease less severe.
Blood Culture Performed Prior to Antibiotic Given-This score shows the percentage of pneumonia patients who 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.
Smoking Cessation-This score shows the percentage of pneumonia patients who currently smoke or have smoked in the last year who received information to help them stop smoking before they were discharged. Smoking can make pneumonia more severe.
Initial Antibiotic Within Six Hours-This score shows the percentage of pneumonia patients who received proper antibiotic treatment within six hours of arriving at the hospital. Receiving an antibiotic within six hours can cure bacterial pneumonia and reduce the risk of complications from the disease.
Influenza Vaccination-This score shows the percentage of pneumonia patients who received a shot, if needed, to protect them from influenza (flu). Flu is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Many people who have a high risk of getting pneumonia are also at risk for getting flu. The vaccine can protect them.
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