Pneumococcal screening and/or vaccination

What It Means
The percentage of hospital patients (65 years or older) with pneumonia who are screened for and/or given pneumococcal vaccination (Pneumovax) when needed.

Why It Is Important
We know that people 65 or older should be given a pneumonia vaccination. Any hospitalization is an excellent opportunity to ask them if they've been vaccinated and give them the vaccination if they haven't.

Numerator Definition
Patients with pneumonia, age 65 and older, who were screened for pneumococcal vaccine status and were vaccinated prior to discharge, if indicated.

Denominator Definition
Pneumonia patients 18 years of age and older.

Denominator Excluded Populations

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