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Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, or chemical irritants. It is a serious infection or inflammation in which the air sacs fill with pus and other liquid.

Crouse Hospital uses evidence-based treatment guidelines to promote consistency of care and positive patient outcomes. On a monthly basis, a special team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, respiratory care staff, quality improvement staff and emergency response personnel meets to review the care of our pneumonia patients and identify opportunities for improvement.

The charts below demonstrate how Crouse Hospital compares with other providers in the treatment of pneumonia.

July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013


Why is this important?
Different types of bacteria can cause pneumonia. A blood culture is a test that lets the healthcare provider know which bacteria may have caused your pneumonia, and which antibiotic should be prescribed. It is best to do the blood culture within 24 hours of arrival at the Hospital and before antibiotics are started. It is also important to start antibiotics as soon as possible. A blood culture lets your healthcare provider know how to best treat you and if any precautions are necessary to prevent the spread of your illness.

July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013


Why is this important?
Pneumonia is a lung infection that is usually caused by bacteria or a virus. If pneumonia is caused by bacteria, hospitals will treat the infection with antibiotics. Different bacteria are treated with different antibiotics.

The rates displayed in these graphs are from data reported for discharges July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 (unless otherwise noted). For more current information about Crouse Hospital’s progress in this area, contact our Quality Improvement Department.


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