Pneumonia: timely test for type of infection

Pneumonia treatment guidelines recommend blood cultures for all inpatients to ensure optimal therapy. Improved survival has been associated with optimal therapy. The blood culture results are the most useful when the blood is drawn before the first dose of antibiotics. A higher rate may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.

About this measure

This measure tracks the percent of pneumonia patients who had blood taken for a blood culture in the emergency room before they were given the first dose of antibiotics in the hospital.

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

Most Recent Available Data (Percent)
  2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 98
National Average 98
State Average 99
Performance Trend (Percent)
  2011 Q2 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1
Northwestern Memorial 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 98
National Average 96 97 97 97 97 97 97 98
State Average 97 97 97 98 98 98 98 99
Source:U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,
PN-3b Blood Cultures Performed in the Emergency Department Prior to Initial Antibiotic Received in Hospital for Pneumonia