Quality and Safety
St. Luke's Boise / Meridian Medical Centers
Percent of Pneumonia Patients Given the Most Appropriate Initial Antibiotic(s)
Pneumonia is a lung infection that is usually caused by bacteria or a virus. If pneumonia is caused by bacteria, hospitals will treat the infection with antibiotics. Different bacteria are treated with different antibiotics. To learn how hospitals use a blood test to choose the most effective treatment for pneumonia patients, refer to the Process of Care measure named "Percent of Pneumonia Patients Whose Initial Emergency Department Blood Culture Was Performed Prior to the Administration of the First Hospital Dose of Antibiotics."