2011 Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a serious lung infection that causes difficulty breathing, fever, cough and fatigue.

The recommended care rates at the link below show how often hospitals provided the recommended care for pneumonia patients.

The links below provide information on the rates of patients receiving recommended pneumonia care, hospital readmission rates for pneumonia patients, and mortality rates for patients hospitalized for pneumonia.

Note: For all of these rates, be careful when drawing conclusions; small numbers of patients may reduce the reliability of the results.

Understanding Recommended Care Rates:  The Recommended Care Rates listed show how often hospitals provided the recommended care for pneumonia patients. 

What do the fractions mean?  The denominator (the bottom number) represents all those patients who were medically eligible to receive the recommended care.  The numerator (the top number) represents those patients who actually received the care.

For example: Antibiotics within 6 hours: 80%; 8/10. This means that 10 patients were medically eligible to receive antibiotics within 6 hours, and 8 patients actually received them. “0/0” means that no patients were medically eligible to receive that particular treatment.

Acknowledgement: The table format, measure descriptions and definition of “Achievable Benchmark” for the Recommended Care Rates were developed by the New Hampshire-based Foundation for Healthy Communities.  The Northeast Healthcare Quality Foundation provided the data analysis.  The Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration expresses its gratitude to both organizations. 

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