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Pneumonia Outcomes

What is Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is a breathing (respiratory) condition in which there is an infection of the lung. Pneumonia is a common illness that affects millions of people each year in the United States. Germs called bacteria, viruses, and fungi may cause pneumonia.

Pneumonia Process of Care Measures

Why is this important to you as a patient?

When someone has pneumonia, timely, clear-cut treatment is critical. Evidence has shown that patients who received specific treatments and medications at certain times experienced the best outcomes. These treatments are called “process of care measures” and reflect our commitment to excellent patient care.

We use the Pneumonia Process of Care Measures to determine the quality of care for patients who are admitted to the hospital for treatment of pneumonia.

Our Results

Pneumonia Process of Care Measures UF Health Shands Hospital State Average National Average
Percent of pneumonia patients whose initial emergency room blood culture was performed prior to the administration of the first hospital dose of antibiotics 99% 98% 98%
Percent of pneumonia patients given the most appropriate initial antibiotic(s) 100% 98% 95%

How do we compare?

The comparisons show our outcomes compared to the state and nation’s hospitals average.

UF Health Shands Hospital exceeds the national average of pneumonia care standards for all pneumonia process of care measures.

You may view the details for each measurement by visiting the Health and Human Services website called “Hospital Compare.” 

Mortality within 30 days of discharge from the hospital (%)

Why is this important to you as a patient?

Mortality rate is an indicator of excellent patient care.

Results

2013 Pneumonia Mortality

A lower number is better.
Source: CMS Hospital Compare Website

How do we compare?

The comparison shown compares our outcomes to the U.S. national rate.

UF Health Shands Hospital is slightly lower than the nation for pneumonia mortality.

Readmission within 30 days of discharge from the hospital (%)

Why is this important to you as a patient?

Some patients may experience problems soon after they are discharged and need to be admitted to the hospital again. A readmission can often be prevented with a well communicated plan that includes patients and families. A lower number indicates more efficient and effective care process.

Results

Pneumonia Readmissions

A lower number is better.
Source: CMS Hospital Compare Website

How do we compare outcomes?

The comparison shown compares our outcomes to the U.S. national rate.

UF Health Shands Hospital is slightly higher than the nation for readmission.