Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs caused by bacteria. Every year, there are approximately three million cases of pneumonia in the U.S. and over 500,000 of these cases are admitted to hospitals.
The goal of treating pneumonia is to ensure patients with the diagnosis are receiving the most effective antibiotics at the earliest possible stage. Another goal is prevention, ensuring that individuals over 65 years of age receive the pneumonia vaccine to decrease the likelihood that they will develop this condition. Graphical data is of January 2014.
Pneumonia Vaccination Given
What this means: This is a measure that shows how well the hospital has documented that pneumonia patients over the age of 65 years have been screened for receiving the vaccination.
Why this is important: Scientific evidence has shown that people over 65 years are more at risk for pneumonia.
Data collected by Hospital Compare