Pneumonia can be extremely dangerous and even life threatening. We stress to our patients that they get annual flu shots. Taking proper precautions throughout their daily lives are also important measures to avoid infections that cause pneumonia. Eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of rest and practicing good hand hygiene are always encouraged.
— Mitch Brock,
Director of Respiratory & Pulmonary Services
A blood culture tells what kind of medicine will work best to treat your pneumonia.
Different types of bacteria can cause pneumonia. A blood culture is a test that can help your health care provider identify which bacteria may have caused your pneumonia, and which antibiotic should be prescribed. A blood culture is not always needed, but for patients who are first seen in the hospital emergency department, it is important for the accuracy of the test that blood culture be conducted before any antibiotics are started. It is also important to start antibiotics as soon as possible.
Antibiotics are medicines that treat infection, and each one is different. Hospitals should choose the antibiotics that best treat the infection type for each pneumonia patient.
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. To learn about how hospitals use a blood test to choose the most effective treatment for pneumonia patients, refer to the Process of Care measure named ‘Percent of Pneumonia Patients Whose Initial Emergency Room Blood Culture Was Performed Prior To The Administration Of The First Hospital Dose Of Antibiotics’.
All descriptions and data sources are reported from Hospital Compare.
Data reported are based on discharges fromFourth Quarter 2012 through Third Quarter 2013.