Pneumonia: selection of appropriate antibiotics

Pneumonia is treated with antibiotics. The type of antibiotic medication should be chosen to be appropriate to each patient’s type of infection. A higher rate may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

This measure tracks the percentage of immunocompetent patients with community-acquired pneumonia who were given the correct antibiotics the first time they received antibiotics at the hospital.

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

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 98
National Average 95
State Average 95
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2011 Q2 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 98 94 96 96 98 100 99 98
National Average 94 94 95 95 95 95 95 95
State Average 92 93 93 93 93 94 94 95
Source:U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov
PN-6 Initial Antibiotic Selection for CAP in Immunocompetent Patient with Pneumonia