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Pneumonia

Pneumonia

Pneumonia

The graphs below display how well St. Mary's performs in key quality measures when compared against all other hospitals in the United States in caring for patients who arrive with a diagnosis of pneumonia.

 

 

What are blood cultures and why is the timing of when they are collected important in caring for patients with pneumonia?

A blood culture is a blood test to determine what specific type of bacteria may be causing the pneumonia.  For this test to be as accurate as possible, the blood sample should be collected from the patient before any antibiotics are given. - Source: The Joint Commission

This quality measure is the percentage of pneumonia patients whose initial emergency room blood culture specimen was collected before the first dose of antibiotics was given. 

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Why is giving the appropriate antibiotic important for treatment of pneumonia?

Through evidence-based practice, a list of preferred antibiotics have been developed which provide the most effective treatment for pneumonia. - Source: The Joint Commission

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