Pneumonia

Published On 07/11/2011

The term “pneumonia” most frequently refers to an infection or inflammation that occurs in the lungs and is caused by a bacteria, virus, or fungus. Pneumonia infection can occur in different areas of the environment. Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) can be transmitted from person to person in our normal everyday activities. Nursing home acquired pneumonia is spread between residents that are living in nursing home facilities and hospital-acquired pneumonia (also called nosocomial pneumonia) can be spread to patients that are hospitalized. 

It is important in your treatment plan that your physician knows where you may have come in contact with the pneumonia germ. The following treatment guidelines are indicated for patients age 18 or older that have been diagnosed with pneumonia prior to hospital admission.

Quality Report Findings for January 2013 - December 2013
 Within Top 10%        Above National Average        Below National Average
Hospital Quality MeasuresMethodist HealthcareUniversitySouthNorthGermantown Fayette Top 10% NationallyStatewide AverageNationwide Average
Pneumonia Appropriate Care Score 97.8% 100.0% 94.6% 97.4% 99.0% 94.1% 100.0% No data available No data available
Blood Cultures Performed before First Antibiotic Received in Hospital
99.2%

100.0%

97.6%
100.0%
100.0%

100.0%
100.0% 98.0% 97.0%
Initial Antibiotic Selection for CAP in Immunocompetent Patients
97.5%


100.0%


95.2
%


97.6%

100.0%

100.0%
100.0% 95.0% 95.0%


What These Indicators Mean & Why They're Important to You

Blood Cultures - Patients with pneumonia arriving in the ED may have a blood culture taken. If a blood culture is taken, it should be done before any antibiotic is given. A blood culture helps identify the presence of any bacteria in your blood stream. 

Appropriate antibiotic selection - Patients with pneumonia should receive specific antibiotics according to their medical history. The appropriate antibiotic decreases cost, length of stay, drug resistance, and death.

How We Measure

We have a team of associates that review patient information for our hospitals. Our team attends abstraction clinics so they will be up to date on the most current abstraction rules. Our abstracted information is entered into a computerized system that checks the information for completeness and accuracy. Each missed opportunity is reviewed by our Clinical Decision Support department and all corrections are made before the data is submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) or The Joint Commission.

Working to Ensure the Best Patient Care

We regularly communicate with the caregivers you see throughout the hospital about the best practices and evidence-based care that we are measuring behind the scenes. We review the care of our patients during their hospital stay, and we conduct reviews to identify opportunities for improvement. We use this information to develop processes that provide our patients with safe, reliable, consistent, high-quality care.