Quality and Safety
St. Luke's Boise / Meridian Medical Centers
Percent of Pneumonia Patients Whose Initial Emergency Department Blood Culture Was Performed Prior to the Administration of the First Hospital Dose of Antibiotics
Different types of bacteria can cause pneumonia. A blood culture is a test that can help your health care provider identify which bacteria may have caused your pneumonia, and which antibiotic should be prescribed. A blood culture is not always needed, but for patients who are first seen in the hospital Emergency Department, it is important for the accuracy of the test that blood culture be conducted before any antibiotics are started. It is also important to start antibiotics as soon as possible.