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Results for Pneumonia

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Pneumonia is an infection or inflammation that fills the lungs with fluid, lowering the oxygen level in the blood.

The following measures look at (1) how we cared for patients whose pneumonia started before they were admitted to the hospital and (2) whether they were vaccinated, if appropriate, to prevent future problems.

Because quality information is often written in "technical jargon," please click on the question mark to get an explanation of what each measure means.

You can look up the performance of the hospital of your choice by going to the Hospital Compare website. Below are MaineGeneral's results:

Key

Better than U.S. average

 

Near U.S. average (within 10%)

 

Below U.S. average

 

* = the number of cases is too small (less than 20) to reliably predict performance

blank = does not apply

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Measure

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MGMC current: 
April - June 2013

Maine

U.S.

% of pneumonia inpatients given the most appropriate initial antibiotic

 

98

97

95

% of pneumonia inpatients who had a blood culture drawn before first antibiotic

 

 

100 

98

97

The Maine average represents the average score for 36 acute care hospitals in Maine.

The national average consists of the 3,822 hospitals throughout the country participating in the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA): Improving Care through Information.

The data is validated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Explanations

% of pneumonia inpatients given the most appropriate initial antibiotic
The percentage of pneumonia inpatients who received an antibiotic that is recommended in current guidelines within the first 24 hours of hospitalization.

% of pneumonia inpatients who had a blood culture drawn before first antibiotic
The percentage of pneumonia inpatients who have a blood culture before antibiotics are started. A blood culture is not always needed. But for patients who do need one, it is important for the accuracy of the test that the blood culture be conducted before antibiotics are started. It is also important to start antibiotics as soon as possible.