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Quality Outcomes

Pneumonia

 Results are from patients who had overnight hospital stays from April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.  

Pneumonia Quality Measures1

St. Clair results National results
Percent of pneumonia patients assessed and given pneumococcal vaccination
Higher percentages are better

96%

90%

Percent off pneumonia patients whose initial Emergency Room blood culture was performed prior to the administration of the first hospital dose of antibiotics
Higher percentages are better

100%

98%

Pneumonia Paients Given the Most Appropriate Initial Antibiotic(s)

100%

95%

Percent of pneumonia patients given influenza vaccination
Higher percentages are better

92%

90%

1Source:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

 

Pneumococcal Vaccination

What are we measuring?

How frequently pneumonia patients, age 65 and older, were screened for pneumococcal vaccine status and were administered the vaccine prior to discharge, if indicated.

Why is this important?

Administration of the pneumococcal vaccine to older pneumonia patients significantly decreases the likelihood they will develop a bloodstream infection from the organism that caused their pneumonia.

How are we doing?

St. Clair’s outcomes exceed national results.  St. Clair strives to ensure that every pneumonia patient older than 64 is screened for receiving the vaccine.

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Blood Cultures Drawn Before Antibiotic Given

What are we measuring?

How frequently pneumonia patients in the Emergency Room have their blood culture specimen collected before their first dose of antibiotic is given.

Why is this important?

Patients with pneumonia sometimes develop a bloodstream infection from the organism that caused their pneumonia.  Drawing a blood sample to look for the organism is most effective if it is done before the first dose of antibiotic is given.How are we doing?

How are we doing?

St. Clair’s outcomes exceed national results.  St Clair’s Emergency Department is very experienced in the care of pneumonia patients and understands the importance of collecting the blood sample before administering antibiotics.

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Appropriate Antibiotic

What are we measuring?

How often pneumonia patients receive the antibiotic current guidelines recommend as being most appropriate for their illness.

Why is this important?

Analysis shows that patients with pneumonia who receive the antibiotic recommended by current guidelines, have fewer complications and are more likely to survive their pneumonia episode.

How are we doing?

St. Clair’s outcomes exceed national results.  Our Emergency Department nurses and physicians are very experienced in the care of pneumonia patients and understand the importance of administering the appropriate antibiotic.

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Influenza Vaccination

What are we measuring?

How frequently pneumonia patients who are older than 49, and who are admitted between October and March, are screened for influenza vaccination and are vaccinated when appropriate before being discharged.

Why is this important?

Influenza vaccination is highly effectively in preventing influenza related pneumonia.

How are we doing?

St. Clair’s outcomes exceed national results.  The hospital is committed to the care of pneumonia patients and the importance of administering the influenza vaccine.

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