Patients who are admitted to WakeMed with pneumonia should receive those elements of care that are demonstrated to lead to the best results. The information below tells you how closely WakeMed has been following recommended guidelines for pneumonia care.
Data represents a rolling year October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013
Different types of bacteria can cause pneumonia.
A blood culture is a test that can help your health care provider identify which bacteria may have caused your pneumonia, and which antibiotic should be prescribed. A blood culture is not always needed, but for patients who are first seen in the hospital emergency department, it is important for the accuracy of the test that blood culture be conducted before any antibiotics are started. It is also important to start antibiotics as soon as possible.
Raleigh Campus - 97%
Cary Hospital - 96%
All Hospitals - 98%
Higher percentages are better.
Pneumonia is a lung infection that is usually caused by bacteria or a virus. If pneumonia is caused by bacteria, hospitals will treat the infection with antibiotics. Different bacteria are treated with different antibiotics.
To learn about how hospitals use a blood test to choose the most effective treatment for pneumonia patients, refer to the measure named Pneumonia Patients Whose Initial Emergency Room Blood Culture Was Performed Prior To The Administration Of The First Hospital Dose Of Antibiotics, listed above.