Blood culture for transfers to intensive care unit (ICU)

What It Means
The percentage of patients with pneumonia who are transferred or admitted to the ICU within 24 hours of hospital arrival, who have a blood culture performed within 24 hours of hospital arrival.

Why It Is Important
We know that when a patient with pneumonia has a blood culture (a test showing what disease organisms are present in the patient's blood) before receiving antibiotics, the physician has a much better idea how sick the patient really is and which antibiotic will be most helpful. If the antibiotics are given before the blood culture, the information the physician has to work with is not as clear and accurate.

Numerator Definition
Number of pneumonia patients transferred or admitted to the ICU within 24 hours of hospital arrival who had blood cultures performed within 24 hours prior to or 24 hours after arrival at the hospital.

Denominator Definition
Pneumonia ICU patients 18 years of age and older.

Denominator Excluded Populations

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