Antibiotic received within 6 hours of arrival

What It Means
The percentage of patients with pneumonia who receive their first dose of antibiotics within 6 hours of arriving at the hospital.

Why It Is Important
Antibiotics are used to treat adults with pneumonia caused by bacteria. Early treatment with antibiotics can cure bacterial pneumonia and reduce the possibility of complications. This information shows the percent of patients who were given their first dose of antibiotics within 6 hours of arrival at the hospital. Patients who get pneumonia during their stay at the hospital are not counted in this measure.

Numerator Definition
Number of pneumonia patients who received their first antibiotic dose within 6 hours from hospital arrival.

Denominator Definition
Pneumonia patients 18 years of age and older.

Denominator Excluded Populations

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