Pneumonia: antibiotics given in a timely manner

It is important that antibiotics are given in a timely manner to patients with pneumonia. A higher percentage may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

This measure tracks the percent of patients with pneumonia who received their first dose of antibiotic within 6 hours after arriving at the hospital.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital wants to provide the most up to date data. For this measure, our data is from a more recent time period than the benchmark time period.  Effective January 1, 2012, this measure was retired by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Consequently, the data point 2012 Q2 includes one month of data.

Note: In this case, a higher number is better.  

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2012 Q2
Northwestern Memorial 100
National Average 96
State Average 96
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2010 Q4 2011 Q1 2011 Q2 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2
Northwestern Memorial 97 92 96 96 92 96 100
National Average 94 95 95 95 96 96 96
State Average 95 95 96 96 96 96 96
Source:U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,
PN-5c Initial Antibiotic Received Within 6 Hours of Hospital Arrival for Pneumonia