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Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs that can be caused by a bacteria, virus, or fungus. Signs and symptoms may vary among individuals, but the most common signs and symptoms are:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Trouble breathing/shortness of breath
  • Chest pain


Pneumonia Quality Report Card

Percentage of pneumonia patients that were assessed and given the pneumonia vaccine during their hospital stay.

Why is this Important? The pneumococcal vaccine may help you prevent, or lower the risk of complications of pneumonia caused by bacteria. It may also help you prevent future infections. Patients with pneumonia should be asked if they have been vaccinated recently for pneumonia and, if not, should be given the vaccine.

Percentage of pneumonia patients that received their initial antibiotic within 6 hours of arriving to the hospital.

Why is this Important? Antibiotics are used to treat adults with pneumonia caused by bacteria. Early treatment with antibiotics can cure bacterial pneumonia and reduce the possibility of complications. This information shows the percent of patients who were given their first dose of antibiotics within 6 hours of arrival at the hospital. Patients who get pneumonia during their stay at the hospital are not counted in this measure.


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