Antibiotic timing

What It Means
The median time between hospital arrival and the first dose of antibiotics for a patient with pneumonia. The lower the median, the better.

Why It Is Important
Clinical evidence shows that if a pneumonia patient is given antibiotics within the first 4 hours or 240 minutes after admission to the hospital, that patient will have a better chance of survival. Achieving a rate lower than the National rate is our goal.

Measurement Statement
The time, in minutes, from hospital arrival to administration of the first dose of antibiotics in the hospital for patients 18 years of age and older with pneumonia

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