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Pneumonia Quality Measures

Pneumonia is a lung infection that causes difficult breathing, fever, cough and fatigue. It can be very serious. These quality measures show the standards of care for this condition.

The rates displayed in these graphs are from data reported for discharges July 1, 2009, through September 30, 2009. The top hospitals rate represents the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide. The higher the score the better. Click here to view the legend for the graphs.

NOTE: DATA FOR MONTGOMERY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IS PRELIMINARY UNTIL VALIDATED BY THEIR COMPARISON GROUP.

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Percentage of Patients Assessed & Given Pneumococcal Vaccine

Explanation:
A pneumonia ( pneumococcal) shot can help prevent pneumonia in the future, even for patients with pneumonia.


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Percentage of Patients given Antibiotics within 6 hours of Arrival

Explanation:
Timely use of antibiotics can improve the treatment of pneumonia caused by bacteria.


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Percentage of Patients Advised to Stop Smoking

Explanation:
Smoking is linked to pneumonia. Quitting smoking may help prevent another heart attack. FirstHealth offers FirstQuit is a program to assist tobacco users through the quitting process. The program includes a customized quit plan, one-to-one health education, coping strategies, medication education, support group services and proven tools to help you quit. For more information, call (910) 715-1925 or toll-free at (877) 342-2255.


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Percentage of Patients who received a Blood Culture Prior to Antibiotic

Explanation:
A blood culture tells what kind of medicine will work best to treat your pneumonia.


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Optimal Care for Pneumonia

Explanation:
This measurement represents the percentage of pneumonia patients who received all of the recommended measures .


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