Antibiotic selection for patients in non-ICU

What It Means
The percentage of patients not in an Intensive Care Unit who have Pneumonia who receive an initial antibiotic regimen during the first 24 hours that is consistent with current North American Antibiotic Guidelines.

Why It Is Important
The North American Antibiotic Guidelines for treatment of community acquired pneumonia are developed by the Centers for Disease Control and other health care organizations. Treatment with the recommended antibiotic is associated with improved survival.

Numerator Definition
Pneumonia patients who received an initial antibiotic regimen consistent with North American Antibiotic Guidelines during the first 24 hours of their hospitalization.

Denominator Definition
Pneumonia patients 18 years of age and older.

Denominator Excluded Populations