Pneumonia is a respiratory disease caused when germs -- either bacteria or viruses -- create an infection in a patient's lungs, allowing them to fill with mucus. That makes breathing harder and can starve a patient's body of needed oxygen. To treat this serious lung infection, we follow treatment plans that have been shown by medical research to save and improve lives.
Process of Care Measures April 2011 - March 2012
NEW JERSEY AVERAGE
Pneumonia Patients Whose Initial Emergency Room Blood Culture Was Performed Prior to the Administration of the First Hospital Dose of Antibiotics
Pneumonia Patients Given the Most Appropriate Initial Antibiotic(s)
Why is the data on this website from several months ago?
The government releases the information on its Hospital Compare website (http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/); however, it takes some time for CMS to gather and study the information, so the information is several months old. The most recent comparitive data available is for the period between April 2010 and March 2011.