Pneumonia, a common but serious lung infection, is a leading cause of death in the United States. Without treatment, pneumonia can be fatal. Research shows that patients have better outcomes when certain treatments are administered. Specific interventions should be followed to increase the chance of survival and to prevent getting pneumonia again in the future. All the recommended treatments are referred to as a bundle. Below is a list of some of the interventions included in our pneumonia bundle quality measure.
- Pneumonia vaccine
- Pneumonia: timely test for type of infection
- Pneumonia: counseling to stop smoking
- Pneumonia: antibiotics given in a timely manner
- Pneumonia: selection of appropriate antibiotics
- Pneumonia: flu vaccine
About This Measure
This measure tracks the percentage of patients who were eligible to receive each of the pneumonia interventions, and received all of them. Sometimes, patients can be ineligible to receive certain interventions. For example, if a patient has never smoked, they do not need counseling to stop smoking and they would not be counted in the measure.
Note: Comparison data is not available for this measure. You can view results of other individual hospitals at www.ihatoday.org.